San Marzano Perfect Marinara Sauce Recipe

Recipe by chefRD
READY IN: 1hr 40mins
YIELD: 10-12 cups




  • Open the can of Nina San Marzano tomatoes, being very careful since the large size of the can makes it awkward. The lid is very sharp be careful not to cut yourself. Pour the tomatoes into a large pot. Mash them a few times with your potato masher and set aside.Slice your garlic with a garlic slicer or use a sharp paring knife to cut very thin slices.
  • Now you'll need a fairly large saute pan. Heat about ¼ cup of the olive oil in the pan on medium and then add the sliced garlic. Saute only until golden brown. (Be careful not to burn it, there is nothing worse than burnt garlic. Watch your heat if it's too hot it can burn the garlic almost instantly. If you do burn the garlic you might as well start all over again.) Then add the crushed garlic, splash with some white wine if desired and saute for just a little longer.
  • Remove the saute pan from the heat and pour the garlic mixture into the large pot with the tomatoes. Pour in the remaining olive oil, salt and simmer uncovered for approximately 60 to 90 minutes. When the sauce has reduced to the thickness you like, remove from heat and add the freshly cut basil and stir.
  • There is a common misconception that you should cook the family recipe for pasta sauce "all day". Not this marinara sauce recipe!