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Quick Marinara Sauce

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This is my go-to when I want to whip up a quick marinara sauce for everything from pasta, chicken parmesan, meatballs, lasagna roll ups, and more!

Marinara Sauce

Also great with baked pasta recipes, eggplant parmesan, french bread pizzas or when I need a quick dipping sauce for zucchini sticks, mozzarella sticks or anything you like to serve with sauce.

I’m really picky with the brand of tomatoes I use, I always get the best results with Tuttorosso (green label), but if you have a favorite brand you are loyal to, feel free to use it.


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Quick Marinara Sauce

4.89 from 72 votes
This quick marinara is my favorite go-to recipe when I need to whip up a quick sauce.
Cuisine: Italian
This quick marinara is my favorite go-to recipe when I need to whip up a quick sauce.
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 cup


  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes, I like Tuttorosso
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


  • In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low.
  • Cover and let simmer about 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add fresh basil.

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Serving: 1 /2 cup, Calories: 53 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.5 g, Protein: 0.1 g, Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0.1 g, Sodium: 282 mg, Fiber: 0.2 g, Sugar: 4.5 g