Best Ever 5-Minute Marinara

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5 Minute Red Sauce rivals any Italian restaurant that I have eaten in. Proof that simple can taste even better.

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?

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)?

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Easy Recipes Using Marinara

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5 Minute Simple Pasta Sauce (Marinara)

Donna Elick
A simple pasta sauce with fresh, robust flavors is much better than store bought. This recipe for easy marinara sauce takes just 5 minutes!
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Pantry Staple, Sauce
Cuisine Italian
Method Blender
Servings 4 makes 24 ounces


  • 14.5 ounces fire roasted tomatoes with garlic
  • 15 ounces 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
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes, for spicier sauce, use more, up to 1 teaspoon


  • Add all ingredients to a blender. Pulse on High power until pureed.
  • Pour into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 69cal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1245mg | Sugar: 9g | Fiber: 3g | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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