Sunday, January 13, 2013

Best 5 Minute Marinara

5 Minute Red Sauce rivals any Italian restaurant, proving that a simple sauce can taste even better. This is the best semi homemade spaghetti sauce ever!

I have been a slow roasted girl most of my life (hence the name "The Slow Roasted Italian").  I have a love for that flavor that is imparted into sauces after hours and hours of roasting in an oven like my favorite oven roasted sauce.  But who has time for that?

Best Semi Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

I fell in love.  Imagine a sauce that can be put together in 5 minutes that will give you a fantastic richness.  No one will ever know how easy this is, unless you share the secret.

There are so many names for red sauce.  I grew up with my dad calling it red gravy.  So, what do you call it?  Red sauce (American-Italian)?  Red gravy (very Italian)? Tomato sauce (slightly Italian)? Marinara sauce (southern Italian)?  Spaghetti sauce (American)?


With love from our simple kitchen to yours. 

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Recipes that you will love this marinara in:

Italian Herb Baked Meatballs
4-Layer Pizza Dip
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Bombs
Crockpot Meatballs and Marinara

Yield: 1 (24 ounce) jar

5 Minute Marinara

5 Minute Red Sauce rivals any Italian restaurant that I have eaten in. Proof that simple can taste even better.
prep time: 2 MINScook time: 3 MINStotal time: 5 mins


  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (for hot use 1/2 - 1 teaspoon)


  1. Combine ingredients in a blender.  Pulse until pureed. 
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir to combine.  
  3. Cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.  Serve and enjoy.


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