Basic Marinara Sauce


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil (about 10 leaves fresh)
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Lightly saute garlic in olive oil. Remove from heat.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and return to heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Makes enough sauce for one pound of pasta.


Substitute 1 small chopped onion for garlic.

Substitute oregano for basil or use both.

Add 1/4 cup dry white wine.

Add 1/4 teaspoon crushed fennel seed.

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