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Favorite Marinara Sauce

The absolute best marinara sauce. This recipe comes together quickly in a food processor. Made with drained canned whole tomatoes, tomato paste, olive oil, and seasonings. 

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Emily
  • 1 28-oz can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 6-oz can Tomato Paste
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Red pepper flakes , optional
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
Optional fresh ingredients in place of Italian Seasoning and Garlic Powder
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Garlic cloves
  1. Open can of whole tomatoes and pour into a colander over a large bowl to drain.  You can reserve the tomato juice for another use or just drink it! Let the tomatoes drain really well.  Sometimes I even break the whole tomatoes apart with a spatula to drain any liquid that's inside the tomatoes.

  2. Once whole tomatoes are thoroughly drained, place them in a food processor or blender.

  3. Add in tomato paste and pulse a few times to puree the whole tomatoes and blend with tomato paste.

  4. Then add in olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs), and garlic.  Pulse until well blended.  Taste the marinara sauce and add more seasonings as desired. 

  5. Optional is to simmer sauce over low heat for at least 20 minutes to help develop flavors.  

  6. Use marinara sauce for pizza, spaghetti, dipping sauce, etc.