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Marinara Dipping Sauce Recipe

This marinara dipping sauce recipe is the best! Skip store-bought and make this delicious savory sauce to dip bread or mozzarella sticks in.
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Megan Porta


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil finely chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 28 oz whole tomatoes with juices
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes with juices
  • 6 oz tomato paste


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add whole tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Use a potato masher to break down the whole tomatoes just a bit.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite pasta or as a dip for bread sticks. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge!


  • In place of the crushed tomatoes, you can use 6-8 cups fresh tomatoes or frozen tomatoes, thawed and chopped (juices included) – this equals about 30-40 Roma tomatoes.
  • Add a few teaspoons of red pepper flakes for an extra touch of spice.
  • Crushed tomatoes can be replaced with an equal amount of tomato sauce.
  • Be sure to give it a taste before taking it off the stove. If it needs sweetness, add a bit of sugar. Add onion powder for an extra punch of flavor.


Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg
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