Basic Marinara

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READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by Cook4_6

This is a very basic Marinara that can be embellished depending on your mood. Variations, add onion and/or peppers while cooking garlic. Add ¼ cup red wine after garlic is cooked and let it reduce by 50% before adding tomatoes….it depends on what I have on hand…but this is the basic and simple sauce!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the olive oil and garlic together until golden and fragrant.
  2. Add the tomatoes, salt and basil sprig. Stir well to combine, bring to a boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer no less than 30 minutes, the longer the better. (I sometimes put in a crock pot and let it cook on low all afternoon).
  3. Just before serving add the chopped basil, and taste test for acidity level. If it tastes a bit too acidic, you can add the butter to mellow the flavor. Some people add a pinch of sugar to balance it instead.

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