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Easiest most delicious marinara sauce with a secret ingredient!
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The secret ingredient to the best marinara sauce

We often find ourselves buying premade tomato sauces because it is convenient, but have you ever tried making this easy marinara sauce with this one secret ingredient?! I think not. 
This will literally change the way you make your homemade tomato sauce for the better. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chef worthy tomato sauce, marinara sauce, Marinara sauce with a twist, The secret ingredients for the best marinara, Tomato sauce
Servings: 1 cup


  • 2 cans of low sodium diced tomatoes and their juice
  • 4-5 large crushed garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium pot start by sauteing your crushed garlic cloves in olive oil over medium heat for a minute or two. This is just to infuse the oil with that delicious garlic flavor
    sautéing garlic to infuse the olive oil with flavor for the marinara sauce
  • Now add the tomatoes, the basil, the salt, the pepper, and the juice of half of an orange. Cover the pot and let it simmer for 25 minutes.
    Tomatoes with the pepper, salt, basil, and orange juice
  • Get your hand blender and blend until you get a smooth marinara consistency.
  • Now you can either season to taste and enjoy or let it reduce a bit more depending on your likings. Me personally, I prefer it a little bit thicker so I simmered mine for an extra ten minutes after blending it.
    fresh, homemade marinara sauce ready to be served


Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg