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Homemade Pasta Sauce

A glass of orange juice, with Sauce and Tomato
A classic marinara sauce, it is the perfect red sauce for making literally anything.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 50 kcal


  • 3-4 cans of crushed tomatoes 28-ounce sized cans OR 12-15 fresh tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4-6 tablespoons fresh basil or 1-2 tablespoons dried basil the ratio is 3:1 for fresh vs dried
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • cup of grated Parmesan or Romano cheese


  • Heat olive oil in a 5+ quart pot over medium heat; add chopped or pressed garlic.
  • Heat for one to two minutes, making sure not to burn garlic.
  • Add tomatoes, black pepper, basil and sugar. Stirring often, bring to a low boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours, stirring often.
  • For first half of simmer time leave pot uncovered; cover for last half.
  • Stir in cheese and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.


Calories: 50kcal