Five Minute Marinara Sauce

This Five Minute Marinara Sauce is everything I want in a pasta sauce. It’s fresh and oh so flavorful, with an unexpected brightness from fresh lemon – don’t doubt the sauce without trying it, the combination really works!

Every single person who has ever tasted this sauce in my home has asked for the recipe. Best of all, this easy marinara sauce is made from just a few simple ingredients and takes almost no prep time at all.

This five minute marinara sauce can be made with pantry ingredients and it is rave worthy!

I’ve been sitting here staring at these photos for several minutes, trying to find the right words to describe this Five Minute Marinara Sauce. I’m actually at a loss for words to describe this perfect easy pasta sauce.

I’ve made a lot of different spaghetti sauces over the years and this is among the best tasting in addition to being far and away the fastest and easiest recipe.

How To Make Marinara Sauce

Fresh tomatoes, roasted, stovetop, crockpot, you name it and I’ve probably tried it. I’ve even been told that I make great spaghetti by numerous people. However, this sauce trumps them all.

I stumbled onto this Tomato Sauce recipe by 101 Cookbooks almost nine years ago.

I kept tasting this marinara by the spoonful the first time I made it. I was truly shocked that something so unbelievably easy could taste so delicious.

The olive oil combined with the red pepper and the lemon zest elevates this marinara sauce to a level I haven’t seen before in my own kitchen. I’m not one to wax on and on about a red sauce. If it’s good, it’s good, right?

Well, I actually sat there eating dinner that night, a basic plate of angel hair with this sauce and I was contemplating what else I could possibly eat with this sauce. With such simple ingredients, this is going to be a pantry staple in my house.

After many years of making this sauce, it is now my go-to sauce to serve with spaghetti, angel hair, penne pasta or any time I’m cooking something that calls for tomato sauce. Every single person I have ever served it to has raved about it.

With just a few tweaks to a can of crushed tomatoes, you can have the best ever marinara sauce simmering on the stove.

Make a big batch of this sauce to serve with meals throughout the week or freeze it in a freezer-safe ziploc bag to make meal prep even easier. Pour it over pasta, serve it as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks or breadsticks, serve it with chicken, the possibilities are endless.

It takes so little time and energy to make this fresh, flavorful homemade sauce that you’ll never want to buy jarred sauce again. 

This sauce is delicious just as is but could also be a great canvas for experimenting with different herbs and spices. If you learn to make one pasta sauce in your life, this one should be it!

Easy peasy five minute marinara sauce is a keeper!

Easy Marinara Sauce

Marinara recipes see a lot of play in my kitchen. They’re crowd-pleasers that I can almost always whip up with very little notice, plus they’re so versatile. From Penne with Bacon Marinara Sauce for the meat lovers in my house to this Vegetable Marinara Sauce with Fresh Basil for the veggie enthusiasts, there’s a marinara recipe to please everyone.

One year when I had a ton of basil to use up, I experimented with this recipe and turned it into a 5 Minute Basil Marinara Sauce to incredible results. I like it just as much as this original Five Minute Marinara recipe no matter how many times I make it.

Tomato sauce isn’t just for pasta either! Have you ever had marinara sauce with your eggs? Soft Eggs Over Thyme Marinara is a different way to enjoy a tangy marinara sauce for brunch or breakfast.

If you’re a fan of spaghetti squash and looking for a delicious vegetarian meal, check out this Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Skillet Recipe with marinara sauce and this Easy Baked Penne.

What are your favorite marinara sauce recipes?

Fine Minute Marinara is the best red sauce of your life!

Five Minute Marinara Sauce Recipe

  1. Combine the olive oil, pepper flakes, salt and garlic in a cold saucepan. Stir while you heat the pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Saute for 45 seconds to a minute, just until everything is fragrant. Avoid letting the garlic turn brown.

  3. Stir in the tomatoes and heat to a gentle simmer, this should only take a couple of minutes.

  4. Remove from the heat and taste the sauce. If it needs more salt, add it now.

  5. Stir in the lemon zest and taste again.

Five Minute Marinara Sauce

Fine Minute Marinara is the best red sauce of your life!

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Five Minute Marinara Sauce

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Recipe from and with thanks to 101 Cookbooks
Course Condiment
Cuisine Italian
Keyword five minute marinara sauce
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 192kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 – 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes the full amount makes a very spicy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3 medium cloves of garlic minced or finely chopped
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed red tomatoes not diced, not pureed, not whole, no additional seasonings at all
  • 1 tsp zest of one lemon

Instructions

  • Combine the olive oil, pepper flakes, salt and garlic in a cold saucepan. Stir while you heat the pan over medium high heat. Saute for 45 seconds to a minute, just until everything is fragrant. Avoid letting the garlic turn brown. Stir in the tomatoes and heat to a gentle simmer, this should only take a couple minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and taste the sauce. If it needs more salt, add it now. Stir in the lemon zest and taste again. Try not to eat the entire pot of sauce with a spoon. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 3mg

{originally published 5/11/11 – recipe notes updated 4/9/20}

5 Minute Marinara Sauce - you're going to love this pasta!

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