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Quick Marinara Sauce (Easy & Healthy Recipe)

This Quick Marinara Sauce recipe is made with simple, classic ingredients and is delightfully easy to prepare.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Marinara Sauce, Marinara Sauce, Quick Marinara Sauce
Servings: 6 servings; Makes about 3 ½ cups
Calories: 51calories



  • 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.


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


Calories: 51calories | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg