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Homemade Marinara Sauce

I’ve adapted the dipping sauce recipe from Tyler Florence’s Calamari Fritti recipe into my own version of  homemade marinara sauce! I love this sauce and it’s so versatile, you can make triple the serving and freeze the leftovers for later! 

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Homemade Marinara Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, hand-torn
  • 1 (16-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • Pinch sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Coat a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of the oil and warm over medium heat. Add the garlic and basil; cook, stirring, until soft.

2. Add the crushed tomatoes and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining olive oil.

3. Serve on top of your favorite pasta or use as a dipping sauce with fried calamari.


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2 Responses to “Homemade Marinara Sauce”

  1. Simply Life posted on February 26, 2010 at 9:18 pm (#)

    i've been looking for a recipe to start making my own sauce – this looks great!

  2. bonnie posted on February 27, 2010 at 6:41 am (#)

    I love tyler–this looks tasty!!


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