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30 Minute Marinara on Taste and Tell

30 Minute Marinara

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 1/2 cups 1x


An easy and versatile marinara sauce that is done in under 30 minutes. A great base for many other recipes!



  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 46 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28-oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil, crushed
  • 12 teaspoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until fragrant, 30-60 seconds. Add in the undrained tomatoes and the basil and simmer for 10-15 minutes, crushing the tomatoes as it cooks. Add the sugar, if needed, and then season with salt.
  2. If desired, process until smooth, or keep chunky.