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Marinara Sauce

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings


  • olive oil as needed
  • hot pepper flakes to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 28 ounces tomatoes whole or crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil chopped, to taste


  • Add some olive oil to a saucepan over medium-high heat. (A little more than what’s necessary to just cover the bottom).
  • Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and gently simmer for a minute or two.
  • Add the tomatoes. If using whole tomatoes, crush them with your hands.
  • Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the basil.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes or until your desired consistency is achieved.
  • Serve