Basic Marinara for the Instant Pot®


This marinara sauce tastes like it's been simmering all day, but you'll have a savory, rich dish on the table in under an hour.

close up view of Basic Marinara sauce garnished with fresh basil in a bowl
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • ¾ teaspoon sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function to heat the pot. Add olive oil and onion; cook until onion is translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Pour in red wine and simmer until reduced by half.

  2. Pour diced tomatoes and whole tomatoes into the pot. Bring to a simmer. Stir in basil, oregano, parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Press Keep Warm. Close and lock the lid. Seal the vent. Select Manual function and set timer for 10 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Discard bay leaf. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

115 Calories
5g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 115
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Sodium 615mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 25mg 126%
Calcium 121mg 9%
Iron 8mg 43%
Potassium 510mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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