Copycat Olive Garden Marinara Sauce Recipe

Author Tammilee Tips


  • 3 cans of Crushed Tomatoes either regular or with basil, oregano and garlic 28 oz. sized cans OR 12-15 fresh tomatoes (peeled, chopped and blended in a food processor)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons of dried basil
  • 1 ½ tsp of Black pepper
  • 1 -2 TBSP of Sugar optional – this takes out the bitterness and makes it a little sweet
  • 2 TSBP olive oil
  • cup of grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese
  • Minced Green Peppers optional


  • Heat the olive oil in a 5+ qt. pot over medium heat, and add the chopped or pressed garlic.
  • Heat for one to two minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic, then add all the tomatoes, black pepper, basil and sugar. Stirring often, bring to a low boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2-3 hours stirring often.
  • For the first half of the simmer time, do so with the pot uncovered, then cover.
  • Add the cheese, stir in and simmer for an additional 5 minutes or so.