Family Recipe: Nonna’s Marinara Sauce

An authentic tomato sauce to be enjoyed as is, or as a base in countless Italian recipes.

By: Chef Rossella Rago, Cooking with Nonna


For 1 Batch

For the Sauce:

  • 28 ounces peeled tomatoes in puree
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Peperoncino, as desired
  • Salt, as desired
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped


  1. Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your hands until you see no more lumps. Set aside.
  2. In a pan, add the EV olive oil, the onion and the garlic.
  3. Once the garlic begins to turn lightly golden, add the tomatoes.
  4. Add salt and peperoncino as desired.
  5. Once the sauce comes to a boil, set the flame to medium/low and add the basil.
  6. Cook the sauce for 10 minutes and you are done!


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