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Marinara Sauce

Yield3 Servings

This delicious Marinara Sauce uses San Marzano tomatoes, the famous plum tomato from Italy. These tomatoes are known for their sweet flavor, low acidity, firm pulp, and their deep red color. Use this sauce for pasta, pizza, or any dish calling for an Italian red sauce.


 3 tablespoons olive oil
 4 shallots, diced
 8 cloves garlic, minced
 16 fresh basil leaves, chopped
 2 teaspoons dry oregano
 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes with liquid (San Marzano tomatoes are best)
 2 tablespoons sugar
 1 teaspoon red chili (like cayenne), optional
 ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
 Salt to taste

In a saucepan, add oil, shallots, garlic, basil, and dry oregano. Mix well. Cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.


Add diced tomatoes, sugar, red chili, black pepper, and salt and it let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes.


Mash the tomatoes with a potato masher until tomatoes are broken down or leave some chunky bits according to your preference. If you like a smoother sauce, use an immersion blender and puree until the sauce is free of chunks. Take care that the sauce does not splatter and burn you.


Enjoy the sauce on pizza or pasta with veggies of your choice.

Serves 3

Nutrition Facts

Servings 3