Quick Marinara Sauce (Easy & Healthy Recipe)

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This Quick Marinara Sauce recipe is made with simple, classic ingredients and is delightfully easy to prepare. Ready in just 20 minutes! Learn how to make homemade red sauce with this fast and easy recipe.

Overhead view of Quick Marinara Sauce in a jar with a plate of pasta in the background

Forget store-bought jars of red sauce — homemade marinara tastes so much better. This versatile tomato sauce takes mere minutes to prepare and is made with ingredients you most likely already have on hand in the pantry. The uses for marinara sauce are endless – serve it spooned over freshly cooked pasta, spread over pizza, layered in a lasagna or as a dipping sauce for garlic bread.

How to Make Quick Marinara Sauce

Homemade marinara sauce is so easy to make. Begin the cooking process with a base of olive oil, chopped onions, and garlic. Then add the crushed tomatoes and seasonings. Simmer just until the sauce has thickened and you have a beautifully smooth, rich, and tasty marinara. That’s really all there is to making red sauce!

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Overhead view of a plate of spaghetti with Quick Homemade Marinara Sauce and Parmesan cheese

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

The superstar ingredient of marinara sauce is, you guessed it, tomatoes! So let’s talk about why tomatoes are so good for you:

  • Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants
  • They are a great source of Vitamins A & C
  • They are the best source of lycopene, an antioxidant that is tied to enhanced immunity and cancer risk reduction
  • Tomatoes contain a compound called lutein, which protects eye health and preserves eyesight

So now you can eat your marinara and feel good about it too! 🙂

Close-up overhead view of Quick Marinara Sauce in a glass mason jar.

More Sauce and Dip Recipes to Try

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Quick Marinara Sauce (Easy & Healthy Recipe)

Overhead view of Quick Marinara Sauce in a jar with a plate of pasta in the background
This Quick Marinara Sauce recipe is made with simple, classic ingredients and is delightfully easy to prepare.
Alia Kay
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings; Makes about 3 ½ cups
Calories 51 calories

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes until slightly reduced and thickened.
  • Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve warm.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Quick Marinara Sauce (Easy & Healthy Recipe)
Amount per Serving
Calories
51
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
36
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
28
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
10
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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