How To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce) At Home

Simple Marinara with basil leaves

Without sauce, there’s no magic in pasta! If you want to taste real magic, try Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara. It’s Gordon’s version of classic Italian marinara. The tomatoes are the base of this sauce flavored with spices and red wine. It’s an extremely simple recipe and does not require much work.

Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara is the best fusion of fresh tomatoes and old wine. Trust me! It’s really delicious and super fun to make. It is slowly cooked in the stockpot (slow cooker) to blend the flavors together. You can use oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, celery salt, and any other spice to add flavors of your choice. So, add some Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara and get ready to twirl away all those delicious portions of spaghetti. 

First off! Check out the lists mentioned below and grab all the things required for this recipe. You definitely don’t wanna miss anything out to make Gordon Ramsay’s recipe like a pro. But first, check out some other recipes from the Chef’s delight.

1. Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Toffee Pudding– Slathered with light toffee sauce and vanilla bean ice-cream, this dessert will leave you wanting for more. Try making this at your home for your friends and family.

2. Gordon Ramsay’s Turkey Gravy-A thick gravy is all you need in order to help your turkey shine. This gravy from Gordon Ramsay is made with roasted bacon, onions and lemon.

3. Gordon Ramsay’s Lamb Chops– The lamb chops are lightly seared and then basted with herbs and garlic butter. This recipe will be loved among youur family members.

4. Gordon Ramsay’s Bangers And Mash– Bangers and mash is a British classic recipe that can be looked in no time. The balsamic vinegar is perfect to add a sweet yet astringent flavor to the dish.

What Equipment Will You Need For Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce)?

Get all the equipment listed below in your kitchen and get ready to make Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara. 

  • Stockpot – Stockpot is best suited for liquids and its base is comparatively thinner. So, use a stockpot for this sauce. 
  • Spatula – Use a spatula to stir the sauce in the pot. It helps to combine all the ingredients and maintain the desired consistency of the sauce.
  • Spoon – You can use a spoon to add seasoning spices and tomato paste to the pot. You can use it to check the consistency of the sauce in the blender.
  • Knife – Use a paring knife to cut basil leaves, chop onions, and slice the garlic cloves.
  • Bowl – Keep your chopped veggies in a bowl before cooking. You can also transfer the sauce into a bowl before serving. 
  • Chopping Tray –  Use a chopping tray to finely chop onions, garlic, and basil leaves. You can use any type of chopping tray (wooden or plastic).
  • Blender- To have a nice creamy-smooth consistency for the sauce, you need to blend the mixture from the pot.

How Much Time Do You Need To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce)?

Preparation TimeCooking TimeTotal Time
20 Minutes1 Hour 50 Minutes2 Hours 10 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need For Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce)?

So, you’ve gathered all the equipment and you know the time required for this recipe. Now, read this list below to know about the ingredients needed to make Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara. 

  • San Marzano Tomatoes- San Marzano tomatoes are Italian tomatoes. Use two cans (28 oz) of San Marzano tomatoes to give a strong color and a deep velvety texture to the sauce. It tastes a little acidic and not too sweet like other tomatoes. 
  • Large Onions- Prefer using yellow onions than any other. As they have the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness in them. 
  • Garlic Cloves- The marinara sauce is never complete without the major flavoring agent. So, don’t miss out on garlic cloves.
  • Basil Leaves- Basil leaves will add flavor and make the sauce more fragrant. 
  • Tomato Paste- Tomato is a masterpiece added to the sauce. It enhances the color, flavor of the sauce.
  • Olive Oil- Olive oil will give a silky smooth texture to the sauce while maintaining the moisture and flavors in it.
  • Red Wine (Chianti Classico) –  Red wine aces up cooking and adds robustness to the sauce. You’ll get the best flavors out of the ingredients added if you use red wine. 
  • Salt- Enhance the taste of the sauce by adding salt. 
  • Pepper- Add pepper to add flavor to the sauce. 
Marinara sauce ingredients

Steps To Make Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce) Recipe

1. Add ingredients to a HOT-Stock-POT!

Place the stockpot over medium heat and add olive oil to it. As the oil gets hot, toss in the onions, garlic slices, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Mix these well. Add San Marzano tomatoes to the pan and stir. Cook for around 3 minutes and then add tomato paste. 

2. Cook them up!

Cook these for about 5 minutes. Add red wine and deglaze the pot. Cook for around 90 minutes until the mixture is reduced to half. Stir continuously using a spatula while cooking the sauce. 

3. Blend In

Transfer the sauce into a blender and blend the mixture until desired consistency is achieved. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

4. Serve

When the sauce is ready, transfer it into a bowl and serve with spaghetti or pasta.

Nutritional Information

Calories131 kcal
Carbohydrates18 g
Protein4 g
Fat4 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1 g
Monounsaturated Fat3 g
Sodium296 mg
Potassium690 mg
Fiber4 g
Sugar10 g
Vitamin A505 IU
Vitamin C21 mg
Calcium79 mg
Iron3 mg

How Will Simple Marinara Look and Taste?

Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara is deep red in color and has a slightly tangy taste of tomatoes. There’s a bitter-sweet taste along with the tart taste from the red wine. This sauce can be enjoyed with spaghetti and pasta. You can customize it your way by adding oregano, celery salt, garlic powder, or other spices of your choice. It can also be used as a base for many other dishes.

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Marinara sauce

Gordon Ramsay’s Simple Marinara (Pasta Sauce) Recipe

Gordon Ramsay's simple marinara is a delicious pasta sauce. It has tangy tomatoes flavored with red wine, garlic, basil leaves, and salt-pepper seasoning. It's slow-cooked in a stockpot for maximum flavors. Try this sauce with your pasta and spaghetti. You can also use this sauce as a base for many other dishes.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 50 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dips and Sauces
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 131 kcal


  • Stockpot
  • Spatula
  • spoon
  • Knife
  • Bowl
  • Chopping Tray
  • Blender


  • 56 ounces San Marazano Tomatoes (peeled)
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion (julienned)
  • 6 Garlic Cloves (slices)
  • 6 Basil Leaves (torn)
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/8 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Red Wine (Chianti Classico)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)


  • Place a stockpot over medium heat and add oil to it. Add onions to the pot and season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook onions for about 10-12 minutes until they're soft and translucent.
  • Now, toss thinly sliced garlic into the pot and cook for around 3 minutes. Make sure you do not burn the garlic. Add some basil leaves and let them wilt for about 2 minutes.
  • Now, add tomato paste to the pot and cook it for about 3-5 minutes. Turn the heat to medium and flambe the pot using red wine. Cook for about 3-5 more minutes until the mixture reduces by half.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add San Marazano tomatoes to the pot. Cook these for about 90 minutes. Now, remove this sauce from the heat and blend the mixture until the desired consistency is achieved.
  • Season this sauce with salt and pepper.



Calories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 296mgPotassium: 690mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 505IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Gordon Ramsay’s simple marinara (pasta sauce), Italian cuisine, Tomatoes
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