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Classic Marinara Sauce



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The little black dress of Italian American cooking—get the recipe for the stuffed shells here.

Recipe information

  • Yield

    Makes about 5 cups


¼ cup olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 sprigs basil
2 (28-oz.) cans whole peeled tomatoes


  1. Step 1

    Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 5 minutes; stir in basil. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you go; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

  2. Do Ahead

    Step 2

    Sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.

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  • Great taste and fairly simple.

    • Mary-George

    • California

    • 2/15/2024

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