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A simple Marinara Sauce in a pan, ready for serving, still showing the piece of bay leaf on top.
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5 from 2 votes

How to Make Marinara Sauce

A simple Marinara sauce that’s ready in 30 minutes! If you are still not a fan of this Italian sauce, give this one a try! A no-fuss and versatile condiment that goes well with pasta, pizza and a great 'go-to' sauce to have around!  (VIDEO ABOVE)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 57kcal
Author: Neriz


  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced finely (or into small bits)
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes, about 2 cans
  • salt and pepper, to season
  • dash peperoncino (chili flakes)
  • 1 bay leaf, dried
  • handful fresh basil leaves


  • Warm up olive oil in a medium sized pan.
  • Once oil is ready, add garlic.
  • Cook garlic until it becomes fragrant.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, salt, ground black pepper and peperoncino.
  • Mix to combine.
  • Add bay leaf and basil. Mix.
  • Cover pan with a lid and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for at least 20 minutes.  
  • Taste and adjust seasoning by adding salt, pepper or more pepperoncino, while simmering.
  • Serve.



  • You can use sugar or milk to balance out the flavour of the sauce.
  • Feel free to substitute oregano for basil.


Calories: 57kcal