Best-Ever Marinara


This delicious, all-purpose marinara sauce is useful in a variety of recipes. F&W editors love it on pizza, with pasta, and as a dipping sauce. 

Best-Ever Marinara
Photo: Aaron Kirk
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
3 cups


  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 35 ounces canned whole peeled Italian tomatoes

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Pinch of sugar

  • 2 basil sprigs


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the garlic cloves and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and crush them with the back of a spoon; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sugar and basil sprigs and bring to a boil. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Discard the basil sprigs and garlic.

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