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5 from 6 votes

Marinara Dipping Sauce

This Marinara Dipping sauce is so incredibly simple to make. Use it for dipping breadsticks, calamari, fried cheese or even just plonk it on top of some garlic bread!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dip, Starter
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 36kcal
Cost: £1 / $1


  • Small Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1x 14oz/400g can of Quality Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1/4 medium Onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar, or to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, for frying
  • Chilli Flakes (optional)


  • Heat up a little oil in a suitably sized pot or pan, and fry your onions over medium heat until they just begin to brown. Add your garlic and fry for couple more minutes until it begins to brown.
  • Pour in your tomatoes and balsamic vinegar and bring to a simmer.
  • Add in your basil, oregano, sugar, chilli flakes (optional) and salt & pepper (to taste) and stir to combine.
  • Simmer for a good 10-15 mins until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.



a) Thickening - It's really important to make sure the sauce fully thickens before serving. I know it's tempting to serve as soon as it's hot, but to avoid serving a pot of watery dip, ensure you give it time to simmer. That will also give time for the flavours to develop.
b) Chunky or Smooth - Personally I love this dip chunky, but blitz it after it's cooked with a hand blender it you want it smooth!
c) Hot or cold - Delicious hot or cold! Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to a couple of days.
d) Calories - based on a division of 6, using 1 tsp olive oil.


Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.74g | Protein: 0.97g | Fat: 1.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.197g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.225g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.864g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 214mg | Fiber: 2.1g | Sugar: 4.01g | Vitamin A: 411IU | Vitamin C: 13.3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.77mg