Homemade Marinara Sauce

This homemade marinara sauce is made ultra-simply with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. No cans, no fuss!

Course Dips, Sauces, and Salsas, Pastas
Diet Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian
Time 45 minutes or less
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Live Eat Learn


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 fresh tomatoes diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 sprigs of parsley


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat, then add garlic and cook about 2 minutes.
  2. Add diced tomatoes and stir well. Allow to simmer, uncovered, about 25 minutes, stirring often, until mixture has thickened slightly.
  3. Stir in basil, honey, salt, pepper, and parsley (stem and leaves intact). Continue simmering about 10 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove sprigs of parsley with a fork.
  5. You can serve it like this or puree it in a food processor/blender for a smoother sauce (good for dipping!).


Use maple syrup instead of honey to make this recipe vegan.