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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Saffer

Perfect Marinara Sauce

Ready: ​30 minutes, simmer for a bit

Yields: ​4 cups

Homemade marinara is almost as fast and tastes immeasurably better than even the best store-bought sauces, and it's made with basic pantry ingredients.


●  3 Tbsp of olive oil

●  5-6 thinly sliced or minced garlic cloves

●  Pinch of red pepper flakes

●  1 Tsp of dried oregano

●  28-oz can of San Marzano Plum Tomatoes, preferably organic with a non-BPA lining can

●  Handful of fresh basil

●  Season with salt and pepper


  1. Combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 7-8 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 1 tsp. dried oregano and a pinch of red pepper flakes in a large skillet and cook over medium-low heat until the garlic is golden- approximately 6 minutes.

  2. Crush a 28-ounce can of San Marzano plum tomatoes into the skillet with your hands or large spoon; rinse the can with about 1 cup water and add to the sauce.

  3. Add a handful of torn basil leaves and season with salt.

  4. Increase the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until thick, 20 to 25 minutes.

  5. Toss with 1 pound cooked pasta (makes 4 cups sauce).

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