Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce, also known as marinara sauce, is a perfect tomato sauce for your Italian dinners.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword marinara sauce, pasta sauce, spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 96 kcal


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 10 oz carrots (2 medium carrots)
  • 1 oz garlic cloves (5-6 large garlic cloves)
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt to taste
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  1. Chop onions and carrots, peel garlic, and mince basil. (Don’t worry about the exact size of the cut since the sauce will be blended.)

  2. Preheat a 3-quart Dutch oven over medium heat and add olive oil.

  3. Add onions and carrots to the pot. Saute for a few minutes until onion begins to soften.

  4. Smash garlic and add it to the pot. Saute until fragrant and add tomatoes.

  5. Add bay leaves, oregano, sugar, and salt. Stir well, cover with a lid but leave a crack for steam to escape.

  6. Cook for about 20 minutes and add minced basil leaves. Stir and cook for another 20 minutes or so.

  7. Before blending the sauce, make sure to remove the bay leaves.

  8. Blend sauce in the blender until smooth. Make sure to open the little tab so the steam can escape while blending. (Be careful, you are dealing with scalding-hot sauce.)

  9. If not using right away, keep in the refrigerator, in a glass jar with a lid for 4-7 days.

  10. (Check the post for storing and freezing instructions.)

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 374mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 4940IU99%
Vitamin C 11.6mg14%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.