Basic Marinara

Prepare this classic sauce in just over 30 minutes. It's the perfect weeknight dinner.

Basic Marinara
Servings: 4 Prep 5 mins Cook 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-size onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano plus 1/2 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound spaghetti

Make It

1. Heat oil in medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

2. Add tomatoes and their liquid, tomato sauce, dried herbs, sugar, salt and pepper. Using clean kitchen scissors, cut tomatoes into bite-size chunks in pan.

3. Bring sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium and simmer 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot of lightly salted water, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain pasta and serve topped with marinara sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 148, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): , sat. fat (g): 1, carb. (g): 17, fiber (g): 3, pro. (g): 3, sodium (mg): 690, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.