Easy-Peasy No-Cook Marinara Sauce

Around here pizza is a comfort food favorite, so we use a lot of marinara sauce and have tried many different recipes. This no-cook marinara is a winner. As good tasting and easy-to-make as this recipe is, you’ll no longer have an excuse for buying the pre-made stuff again.

Easy Peasy Ingredients

What kicks the flavor up a notch is using a can of whole peeled tomatoes instead of tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes. However, if that’s all you have on hand by all means substitute. Canned whole peeled tomatoes have a minimum amount of processing and have better flavor than the alternatives. To kick it up yet another notch, splurge and use Cento or another brand of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes.

Unprocessed Easy Peasy Ingredients

Use an immersion blender to purée the tomatoes and make sure to taste what you have to determine what spices were added during the canning process. You may want to adjust the amount of spices you add to dial in that perfect flavor. No immersion blender? A blender or food processor work too, or just use tomato sauce instead.

Processed Easy Peasy Ingredients

Don’t mix the sauce so much that you incorporate air into it (see the bubbles in the picture above?).

Be sure to mix up this sauce an hour before using it so the dried herbs have a chance to soak in the tomato juices. This recipe is a modified version of the sauce for a St. Louis-style pizza from by Cook’s Country. When making pizza at my mom’s one day I compared this sauce with some store-bought sauce she had in the fridge. The store-bought sauce had more of a garlic and onion flavor so I added garlic and onion powder to the recipe for a similar flavor profile.

Easy Peasy Sauce with Spices

This recipe makes about 4 cups so unless you’re cooking for an army, you’ll be saving some leftover sauce either in the refrigerator or the freezer. It works with all sorts of pasta.

Easy Peasy No-Cook Marinara Sauce

Make an hour before using so the dry herbs have a chance to flavor the sauce. Substitute crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce if that's all you have on hand but stick with the whole tomatoes for better taste. Remember to taste before adding herbs and spices in case some were added during the canning process.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Marinades and Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Tag: Pasta
Category: Marinades and Sauces
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 622kcal


  • 1 28-oz can whole peeled tomato
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp dried basil or 7 Tablespoons fresh basil
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder


  • Add the whole peeled tomatoes to at least a 2 quart mixing bowl and purée using an immersion blender.
  • Taste what you have so far, as often times there are spices added during the canning process. Use less basil, oregano, garlic powder or onion powder if you're starting off with a strongly spiced product.
  • Add the tomato paste, basil, sugar, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder to the bowl and mix using an immersion blender, hand mixer, spoon or spatula.
  • Let sit for about an hour to hydrate the dry ingredients.
  • Mix again.


Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 146g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 2408mg | Potassium: 4505mg | Fiber: 30g | Sugar: 92g | Vitamin A: 89.4% | Vitamin C: 135% | Calcium: 65% | Iron: 141.4%

Nutrition Facts
Easy Peasy No-Cook Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 622 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 2408mg 100%
Potassium 4505mg 129%
Total Carbohydrates 146g 49%
Dietary Fiber 30g 120%
Sugars 92g
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 89.4%
Vitamin C 135%
Calcium 65%
Iron 141.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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