Tomato Sauce/Marinara Sauce

I love making pizza and pasta. But what I love even more is making my own tomato sauce to use in these dishes. I first made this sauce a few years ago for pasta and absolutely loved it. I recently used this in pizza and it was just as good! I have read several Marinara sauce recipes online and feel that this one stays pretty true to the original. Except may be for the spice level, which of course you can alter according to taste. But for the Indian palate, I feel this recipe is perfect. I have never used store-bought tomato sauce or marinara sauce and never will. And after you try this recipe, hopefully you wouldn’t either.

Marinara Sauce/Tomato Sauce


Butter – 1 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Onion, finely chopped – 1 cup
Garlic – 6 cloves
Tomatoes – 6
Water – 1 cup
Black Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Dry Thyme – 1/2 tsp (optional)
Chilli flakes – 1 tsp
Tomato Ketchup – 4 tsp
Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
Fresh Basil, chopped – 2 tbsp (optional)
Salt to taste


  • Puree all the tomatoes in a blender and keep aside
  • Heat oil and butter in a wok or casserole pot
  • Add finely chopped garlic and fry for about 30 seconds on medium heat
  • Add onions and fry till they begin to turn golden brown
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and mix well; cook for 3 minutes on high heat
  • Add about a cup of water and cook for a further 2 minutes
  • Add rest of the ingredients and mix well
  • Continue to cook this on medium heat till the spices are cooked and sauce reaches desired consistency
  • Add to your favorite pasta/pizza

Marinara Sauce/Tomato Sauce on Pizza

– Instead of pureeing the tomatoes directly, you can also blanch them first. That is, place the tomatoes in hot water for a few minutes. Remove the skin and puree in a blender
– If you are making this sauce with pasta, you can add the pasta water instead of plain water
– You can even use dry oregano instead of thyme in this recipe
– If you are making this dish for children, you may have to reduce the quantity of chilli flakes and pepper powder as it may be a bit too spicy
– You can make this sauce in advance and refrigerate it or even freeze it for a couple weeks
– This recipe is easily sufficient for 2 large pizzas or makes enough sauce for pasta that could generously feed at least 4 adults

2 thoughts on “Tomato Sauce/Marinara Sauce

  1. Ashwin

    Good recipe…Tried making it and although, I am sure the original posted out here is better, mine tasted pretty good too. Simple to make and delicious recipe for first-timers as well.

    • Garlic Goddesses

      Hi Ashwin, thank you for visiting Garlic Goddesses. Good to hear that you tried this recipe 🙂 and it turned out good! If you have a picture of your dish, please feel free to share it with us here or on our Facebook page. Thank you for your encouragement!

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