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15 minute marinara sauce from scratch

An easy 15 minute marinara sauce, loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it. Sounds too good to be true right?

Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me…

This easy 15 minute marinara sauce, is loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it.

Cheaper than bottom-shelf, better than top-shelf

Spaghetti night is always an easy dinner to put on the table that I know everyone is going to eat. Never mind the arguments held over which pasta type to use…

But for a decent jar of marinara sauce off the shelf? The price is a little rediculous

And if you tell me “But Ragu!” I’m going to have an aneurism.

This recipe is not only heads and shoulders above a jar of ragu sauce in flavor. It also will head to head with a top-shelf pasta sauce (Rao’s is one of my faves!) and take it to the championship rounds!

This easy 15 minute marinara sauce, is loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it.

It’s will be done FROM SCRATCH in the same amount of time it takes you to boil water and get your pasta cooked! It’s my go-to recipe right now!

Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my slow cooked marinara recipe. But, this recipe tastes almost identical in a fraction of the time to make it a perfect weekday recipe.

This easy 15 minute marinara sauce, is loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it.

15 minute marinara in a bottle!

I’m using spices that I’ve grown up to know in a good marinara sauce. Oregano, basil, garlic and onion, and a hint of thyme. Feel free to spice it up with a little marjoram and fennel if you’d like.

If you’re want to know the EXACT flavor I’m talking about – pick up a bottle of my Sunday Night Spaghetti spice blend.

It is perfect for this 15 minute marinara sauce recipe. It will turn your bread into an awesome garlic bread seasoning as well.

It’s low in sodium so don’t shy away from this seasoning.

It allows you to salt your sauce to taste.

This easy 15 minute marinara sauce, is loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it.

Experiment!

Feel free to experiment with tomato sauce, purree, or even crushed tomatoes for a chunkier texture.

And if it gets a little bitter, add a dash of sugar to offset the bitterness.

Also try experimenting with red wine if you’d like to for a bolder flavor profile!

15 minute marinara recipe

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 51kcal
This easy 15 minute marinara sauce, is loaded with so much flavor it will taste like your grandma was in the kitchen all day making it.
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Ingredients

  • 30 oz tomato purree
  • 2 tbsp sunday night spaghetti seasoning see notes for alternative
  • pinch salt
  • pinch sugar

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium heat, add tomato puree.
  • stir in 2 tbsp of sunday night spaghetti seasoning. let simmer for 10 minutes
  • add salt to taste. If bitter add a little sugar until bitterness is neutralized. Add more sunday night spaghetti seasoning if desired. Let simmer for another 5 minutes
  • Serve over your favorite pasta and enjoy!

Notes

For sunday night seasoning alternative try: 
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried thyme. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1114mg | Potassium: 704mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 921IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg
Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!