This hearty marinara sauce is way better than store bought. Only 6 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! A fresh basil tomato sauce that's sure to be your new favorite way to top pasta and more!
Heat olive oil in a pot on medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 30-60 seconds. Stirring constantly.
Add tomatoes, Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon of salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper if desired.
Stir ingredients together. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium low.
Cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Stir in the basil and cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
Tips for BEST Results:Cook hearty marinara sauce with canned crushed tomatoes for the best texture.Use fresh basil and fresh garlic to make the best tasting sauce.Use a medium pot or deep skillet with a heavy bottom to cook the hearty marinara sauce. This type of pan distributes the heat more evenly and prevents hot spots which can burn.Don't forget to stir your sauce while it's cooking to prevent burning and to distribute the flavors.