Recipe By Anonymous
Published Jan 2nd
Prep 10m Cook 45m Additional - Ready In 55m
Servings 4 servings Calories 63.9

Serve this traditional marinara sauce with warm bread. Garlic bread would also be delicious!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 5 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large skillet, heat oil and saute garlic until light brown and softened. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Stir in tomatoes, sugar, water, basil, and salt and pepper.
  2. 2 Bring contents of the pan to a boil. Cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 63.9
  • Carbohydrate 7.6 g
  • Fat 3.7 g
  • Fiber 1.9 g
  • Protein 1.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.5 g
  • Sodium 8 mg
  • Sugar 5.1 g


  1. This is a well deserved 5 star rating. After reading all the reviews I'm seeing MANY who didn't even follow the recipe -so don't allow any low ratings to impact your decision. If you follow the directions and use the stated ingredients you'll get a fresh marinara sauce that is bursting w/ flavour!!! Simple way - Read more ...
  2. Added a little chopped onion was great! Next time I'll try adding tomato paste as other reviewer suggested. Thanks!
  3. Excellent simple, fresh sauce! I needed a bit more than the recipe made, so I used about 10 plum tomatoes, and chopped about 15-20 leaves of fresh basil. Also, I avoid sugar like the plague, so I add a pinch of ground cloves to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes, a trick told to me - Read more ...
  4. The key to making this sauce is the simmering time. As stated, 45 minutes need to pass before serving the sauce. Cooking uncovered is a must! If you have tomatoes from your garden this sauce will highlight the sweetness of them. Wonderful sauce! The only recommendation I have is to make extra! ;) I've added - Read more ...
  5. This recipe was absolutely delicious. I too added one can of tomato paste just to give it some extra thickness for dipping. That was a great suggestion!! I will for sure make this recipe again!
  6. Simmer uncovered to evaporate the water but keep a close eye on it
  7. I have used this recipe over and over again. My daughter has a food day at school and we make it and send with a loaf of french bread. I've also served it with shrimp and pasta. Many other possibilities also!
  8. I omitted the water and added a small can of tomato paste... I also doubled the recipe and had to double the sugar--excellent! We had it with toasted raviloi.
  9. After it was done cooking I drained the extra water and added 10oz. tomato paste and cooked it an extra 10 minutes. It was the best marinara sauce I've ever had!
  10. The taste was good but the dip was too watery. Maybe I did not do something quite right.