Easy 1-Pot Marinara Sauce
Easy, 1-pot marinara sauce that's rich in flavor, color and nutrients. Simply seasoned, cooked low and slow, and perfect for any Italian dish!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 7 (1/2-cup servings)
Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Does it keep?
(sub water if avoiding oil)
cans peeled crushed or diced tomatoes without salt
(I prefer San Marzano but use any good organic brand, such as Muir Glen)
dried or fresh oregano
(or sub stevia or maple syrup to taste // omit if avoiding sugar)
3/4 - 1
red pepper flake
(reduce or increase according to spice preference)
roughly chopped fresh basil
(plus more for serving)
(optional // for richness / depth of flavor)
Heat a large pot over medium-low heat. Once hot, add oil (or water) and garlic. Sauté briefly for 1 minute, stirring frequently, until barely golden brown. Then add tomatoes, oregano, coconut sugar, salt, and pepper flake.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add basil and stir. Cook for 5 minutes more.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt for saltiness, oregano or basil for freshness/herbed flavor, pepper flake for heat, or coconut sugar for sweetness. At this time, you can also choose to add nutritional yeast and/or tomato paste for more depth of flavor and richness (optional, but I usually add both).
If the sauce has thickened too much at this point, thin with a little water. Although I prefer mine thicker and leave it on the thick/chunky side.
Serve with your favorite Italian dishes, such as Eggplant Roll-Ups
, Eggplant Lasagna
, Chickpea Bolognese
, Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
, or Veggie Meatballs
. Or simply over a serving of cooked pasta of choice or spaghetti squash
Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.
*2 large garlic cloves are equal to ~3 small garlic cloves or ~2 Tbsp minced garlic.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with oil and without the optional ingredients.
*Recipe makes ~3.5 cups of sauce.
- Calories: 37
- Fat: 2.1g
- Saturated fat: 0.3g
- Sodium: 171mg
- Carbohydrates: 4.4g
- Fiber: 1.1g
- Sugar: 3.2g
- Protein: 0.8g