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Simple Marinara Sauce

Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (32 oz)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • fresh basil (optional)


  • In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and saute until translucent, approximately 3-5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, celery, and carrots. Also add the bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and water. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer for at least 15 minutes, ideally one hour for the flavors to develop. For a smooth sauce (or to hide the veggies), puree in a blender.


If your tomatoes taste a little tart or sour, add a pinch of sugar.