Make this easy marinara sauce recipe in under 25 minutes! Who says sauces have to be difficult?
Did I ever tell you I'm a red sauce and marinara snob? Sorry, I'm admitting it now.
When it comes to Italian food, I can be a real pain in the you- know- what sometimes. If I go to an Italian restaurant I hardly ever order red sauce. Because I am picky and like my own. I keep batches of red sauce or gravy, as some call it, in my freezer. It can be heated up anytime and I don't want to pay $15 for a plate of pasta with red sauce.
As a teenager, I did go through my rebellious stage of "I would rather have Ragu then my mother's homemade sauce" for a short time. Jarred sauce was something different and it was nice to go to a friend's house on a Saturday night and have spaghetti with Ragu sauce while my friends parents were out to dinner. Those days are over. You will hardly ever see jarred sauce in my pantry because I can make this simple marinara sauce in so little time.
Don't get me wrong . I am not judging anyone if they use jarred sauce. I have my own short cuts such as jarred pesto and already made pie crusts. But I figure, why use jarred I can make my own easy marinara sauce in 25 minutes?
What ingredients do you need for this easy marinara sauce recipe?
This recipe requires just one big can of crushed tomatoes, olive oil with some spices and herbs. In the summer months, I gather lots of jersey plum tomatoes and roast them to keep plenty of crushed tomatoes in my freezer. But feel free to use the cans if you do not want to can or freeze tomatoes yourself.
Try making this easy marinara sauce when you want a simple Italian sauce that is very versatile . It is a little different than my all day slow cooked red gravy but works great in recipes where a quick marinara or simple spaghetti sauce is needed.
What recipes can I use this easy marinara sauce in?
Here are some easy dinners that include my easy marinara sauce:
Easy Marinara Sauce (made in 25 minutes)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I use the kind with basil)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil or a small handful of chopped fresh basil
- Dried or fresh herbs for garnish I use basil or parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil on medium heat in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Add garlic and saute until lightly golden.
- Add tomatoes, onion powder, sugar, parsley and basil to the pot and stir well. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Garnish with dried herbs.
- Place in an airtight container if not using right away. Can be stored in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for a few months.