This simple, homemade oil-free marinara sauce is perfect for spooning over your favorite pasta, lasagna, or as a tasty dipping sauce for garlic bread. Plus it's super customizable!
This easy Italian-inspired marinara sauce comes together quick on the stovetop with just a few simple pantry ingredients. This is by no means an authentic Italian marinara sauce, but simply my own easy version that I enjoy.
I enjoy making homemade versions of store-bought staples (like Enchilada Sauce and Taco Seasoning) because you can control the ingredients. But also because you can cater it directly to your own taste.
Store-bought jarred marinara sauce (while delicious and convenient) typically has added sugar and oil. So you have the option of omitting those ingredients by making your own right at home.
Ingredients for Oil-Free Marinara
For this recipe you will need:
- Canned crushed tomatoes (be sure to use good quality)
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Optional: fresh basil, red pepper flakes, balsamic vinegar, cane sugar
This recipe is customizable with your own favorite flavors and herbs. Please see the optional additions below for ideas on how to make this sauce your own.
For more inspiration, see all sauce & seasoning recipes or oil-free recipes.
Easy Marinara Sauce (Oil-Free)
- 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes (use good quality)
- 1/2 small onion
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp. dried basil
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. salt (more/less to taste)
- Fresh basil (to stir in at end), 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, 1-2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp. cane sugar (or 1 Tbsp. maple syrup)
- Finely dice onion.
- In a skillet over medium-high heat, sauté onion for 7-8 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. water/broth for no-oil sauté method, adding more as needed.)
- Meanwhile, mince garlic.
- When onion is translucent, add garlic, basil, and oregano. Stir and sauté 2 minutes.
- Reduce heat to medium-low. Add tomatoes and salt. Stir, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Taste and adjust seasonings/flavors as desired. Refrigerate for up to 3-4 days or freeze.
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