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Fast and straightforward marinara

Everyone needs a good, homemade marinara recipe for those nights when a large bowl of pasta sounds amazing. This quick and easy marinara recipe really couldn't be easier, and it doesn't even compare to the type you get by the jar at the store.

If you're low on carbs, paleo, or keto, you know traditional pasta is literally off the table. However, that doesn't mean you don't have other options. Zucchini noodles are an old favorite. Check out this old recipe here to learn more about zoodles!

Marinara doesn't just have to be for pasta or zoodles, however. If you like meatballs this recipe is a great accompaniment. Meatloaf too. I even paired this with our crispy chicken tenders once.

And if you're not a paleo, load up that plate of pasta or even mozzarella sticks with this marinara and you won't be disappointed!

You will need a large, heavy saucepan for this recipe. Some really good quality olive oils and balsamic vinegar will get this to a handle as well (but of course it doesn't require an expensive brand.) This recipe calls for 3 cloves of garlic – but let's face it … I've used closer to 6. Because garlic is the bomb.

Cook your onion and garlic in the saucepan until tender, then add your tomatoes and herbs. You want to simmer this for a good, long time. About 45-55 minutes should do the trick. You are looking for tomatoes to be broken down.

Once that's done, you can add your vinegar and puree it in a food processor if you want a smoother sauce. Personally, I like my chunky, so I'll leave it. But you do you

As I said, there are so many ways to eat this delicious marinara. What's your way

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Quick and easy marinara

If you don't want to stand over the stove all day but still want a homemade sauce, this is for you. Perfect for zucchini noodles, meatballs or anywhere you want a delicious marinara sauce.


  • 1
    olive oil
  • 1
  • 3
  • 2 28-
    Cans whole
    peeled tomatoes
  • 1
    Italian spice
  • 1
    balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add tomatoes and Italian spices and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 45-55 minutes until the tomatoes are broken down.

  2. Add the vinegar and puree the sauce if you want a smooth sauce; otherwise serve as it is.

  3. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutritional information

Quick and easy marinara

Amount per serving

Calories 110
Calories from Fat 36

% Daily Value *

fat 4g6%

carbohydrates 20 g7%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 2g2%

protein 4g8th%

* Daily percentages are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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