Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade sauces are super fun and easy to make, and they’re a lot easier than you might think. This recipe is a very simple marinara sauce that you can use as a base. But if you’re feeling fancier than a bowl of spaghetti, try customizing it by adding some fried up pancetta, roasted veggies, or chopped up herbs. You can even spread it on flatbread as a quick and easy pizza sauce. Get creative, and let us know how you use this recipe!


1 28-ounce can whole San Marzano tomatoes

2 TBS olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

½ yellow onion, diced

Red pepper flakes (optional)

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Puree the tomatoes in a food processor.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and onion, and saute until tender and fragrant.
  3. Add the tomatoes and optional red pepper flakes.
  4. Simmer on very low heat  for about 30 minutes, until the sauce is thickened.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Benefits of Food Items

Tomatoes: packed full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid.

Olive Oil: Contains monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). MUFAs are actually considered a healthy dietary fat.

Garlic:  improve your iron metabolism.The diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.)

~Written by Alison Ryu

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