Marinara Sauce


Marinara Sauce
The sauce that reminds me of Italy. Mostly used as a base for a good pizza, but can also be used to whip up a crazy good spaghetti. This is my take on a flavorful Marinara Recipe! 
What's the most important ingredient to make a nice Marinara? It's tomatoes!! Where I live in Delhi, India, we get somewhat yellowish-red tomatoes which are great for Indian food but not so good for Italian food.
We are looking for deep red San Maranzo tomatoes, giving this sweet rich flavour. So where I live, I use canned tomatoes. It's completely acceptable to use Canned Tomatoes, there's no need to add additional tomato purée or paste to it as well.
I get mine from Amazon, it's called the Dolce Vita Pomodori Pelati Tomatoes and here's the link to it.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Italian
Yields 1 Medium Bowl (good for 2 pizzas)


  • Gas/Induction Stove
  • Sauce pan
  • Utensils


  • 400 gms Canned Tomatoes or Blanched & Peeled Raw Tomatoes (3-4)
  • 20 gms Garlic, Chopped
  • 20 gms Onions/Leeks/Celery Chopped
  • 15 gms Chilli Flakes
  • 10 gms Oregano
  • 30 ml Olive Oil
  • 1 cube Butter
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • Few fresh basil leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper to Taste
  • 30 ml Red Wine (Optional)


  • Take a saucepan and put it on Low to Medium Heat. Add some Olive Oil & Butter.  
  • When the butter is melted, add all the chopped garlic. Flavour it with Salt & Red Chilli Powder. Be frugal, you can always revisit seasoning later on during Taste Check!
  • Once Garlic is half done, add in your onions (or celery/leek). Add some oregano here and let it cook. See if it requires more Olive Oil, if it does, put a bit of it.
  • Add some red wine to retain flavours. This will deglaze the pan and all flavour will be mixed thoroughly with the tomatoes. 
  • Add blanched and canned tomatoes and mix properly (you will have to mash them). Keep mixing and let it cook.
  • Next, add a clove of garlic and lots of fresh basil leaves. Cover the pan, reduce to the heat to it's bare minimum and let it slow cook for 15 minutes.
  • After the said time, remove the lid. Give it a stir and remove the Garlic Clove.
  • Add Salt & Seasonings, do a Taste Check! Add some Brown Sugar and mix well. 
  • Add just a bit of Pasta Water (if making with Spaghetti, no need for Pizza) and let it cook for 5 more minutes.
  • That's it. It's my go-to Marinara Recipe and it never disappoints! 


Closing Note

My love for sauces and pizza makes me make this Marinara a zillion times! Top up your pizza and sauce with some cheese, salami or veggies. Enjoy with the remaining red wine!!
Keyword Italian, Pasta, sauces, Speedy

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