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Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce

If you enjoy the flavors of Italy you'll love this Quick Easy Marinara Sauce. It's bursting with delicious Italian flavor, can be used in a zillion ways and takes under 30 minutes, start to finish!

Course: Appetizer, Main, Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Quick Easy Marinara
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 51 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup prepared or homemade pesto
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 14½- ounce can fire-roasted canned tomatoes
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½-1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup chopped or torn fresh basil leaves optional
  1. Heat olive oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat for 1 minute. Add pesto and Italian seasoning and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
  2. Add fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, crushed red pepper and ½ teaspoon of the salt. Stir well and bring to a low but steady simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Taste and add more salt if needed. Add the chopped fresh basil, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above for more detailed instructions and tips.

Makes 7 cups of marinara sauce, 14 ½-cup servings.

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 331mg14%
Potassium 236mg7%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 269IU5%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.