Whip up a batch of this Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce!

Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

There is nothing more delicious than making your own Easy Marinara Sauce. Because it’s so readily available in the supermarket it tends to be a staple that’s store-bought rather than homemade. I’m all for convenience, but I had forgotten how good (and how easy) homemade can be. There’s nothing intimidating about whipping up a batch. It’s super duper simple, I’ll show you how 🙂

Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

Reasons to love Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce!

  • Marinara sauce can be a deliciously nutritious choice for several reasons:
  • Tomatoes:
    • Rich in Nutrients: Tomatoes, a key ingredient in marinara sauce, are a great source of vitamins like vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
    • Antioxidants: Tomatoes contain antioxidants such as lycopene, which has been associated with various health benefits, including a potential role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases.
  • Garlic:
    • Antimicrobial Properties: Garlic, often used in marinara sauce, has antimicrobial properties and may contribute to overall immune health.
    • Heart Health: Garlic has been linked to cardiovascular benefits, including potential effects on lowering blood pressure and improving cholesterol levels.
  • Herbs and Spices:
    • Flavor without Calories: Marinara sauce is often seasoned with herbs and spices like basil, oregano, and thyme, which add flavor without significant calories.
Easy Marinara Sauce

How do you make Marinara Sauce?

As the name implies it’s easy!

  1. Saute an onion in some low-sodium vegetable broth
  2. Add all the other ingredients and simmer until the sauce is thickened
  3. Blend with an immersion blender if desired, otherwise enjoy as a chunky sauce
  4. That’s it!!
Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

Is marinara sauce the same as tomato sauce?

Traditionally, marinara is a lighter sauce that is quicker and easier to make. Tomato sauce on the other hand is a longer, more complex affair that needs more time to cook to produce a much thicker texture.

Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

Why is this Marinara Sauce the BEST?

Here are some reasons why you’re going to LOVE this sauce;

  • delicious in any pasta dish
  • fabulous used on pizza
  • it’s a one-pot wonder!
  • freezes well
  • you are in control of the amount of sodium, many store-bought marinara sauces are filled with salt!
  • super duper easy to whip up
Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

What equipment do you need to make Easy Marinara Sauce?

Looking for other Italian-inspired recipes? Try these!

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta

The Best Vegan Lasagna

The Best Vegan Lasagne

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Creamy Tomato Pasta


Deliciously Easy Marinara Sauce

Whip up a batch of this deliciously easy marinara sauce in no time!

  • Author: The Well Fed Yogi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: suace
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan



1/3 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1, 28 ounces canned tomatoes

1 tablespoon date or maple syrup

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 cup fresh basil

1 cup, of cherry tomatoes (optional)

Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. In a sturdy pan, heat the low-sodium vegetable broth, add the onion, and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, canned tomatoes, date or maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, tomato puree, and fresh basil, (add the cherry tomatoes, and red pepper flakes if using). Bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer and partially cover the pot.
  2. Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes or until the mixture has thickened and the vegetables are very tender. Stir well at intervals and break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
  3. Remove from heat, crush any remaining tomatoes with the spoon to your liking, and discard the basil. If desired you can use an immersion blender for a smoother sauce, or leave it chunky.
  4. The sauce keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

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