marinara sauce recipeOne kitchen staple that I believe everyone should know how to make is a good pasta sauce.

With a good tomato sauce, you can easily whip up a pasta dish without much planing.

marinara sauce ingredientsAnd as I’ve mentioned before… everyone loves a pasta dish.

So, my fiends, say goodbye to the store-bought sauce and say hello to your new favorite tomato sauce!

Let’s make my Easy Mariana Sauce!

marinara sauce recipe easyIf you’ve never made your own marinara sauce before, I can assure you—it is easier than you might think. As long as you have some canned tomatoes on hand along with a couple spices, chances are, you won’t mess up this recipe. Simply get the sauce simmering on the stove and forget about it for a while. When you come back, it’ll be ready to go.

In this recipe I use fresh garlic cloves—which really are a game changer. Their flavors are so vibrant and truly infuse the sauce. Along with simple dried herbs, and a pinch of red pepper flakes for added spice, this sauce has flavor above anything on the shelves of your grocery store. Plus, you will feel pretty stellar serving up pasta with homemade marinara sauce to your guests at your next dinner party.

simple marinara sauceI hope my Easy Marinara Sauce becomes a staple in your kitchen! It is:

Flavorful + Rich


Garlicky + Spicy

Vibrant in color

& so easy to make!

easy marinara sauceIf you try this recipe, be sure to comment, leave a rating, and don’t forget to tag a photo #thelocalsprout on Instagram! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

If you love this kitchen staple, you might also enjoy my easy garlic & onion hummus, basil & parsley vegan pesto and simple roasted cherry tomatoes.

Easy Marinara Sauce

My easy marinara sauce is incredibly flavorful, simple to make, and ready for any Italian dish! 
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Entrée, Side
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan
Yield: 4 servings
Author: The Local Sprout


  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil or sub coconut oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake s
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • Heat oil in a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until light golden.
  • Dump in the tomatoes, oregano, basil, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring to a low simmer and cook for 25 minutes, stirring mixture occasionally.
  • Taste the sauce and seasonings if needed.
  • Remove pot from heat and serve warm with your favorite pasta and Italian-inspired dishes.
  • Leftovers will keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to 5 days, or frozen for a month.


Nutrition information is a rough estimate of 1/4 of the entire recipe.


Serving: 1g | Sodium: 850mg | Sugar: 12.2g | Fiber: 6.8g | Calories: 93kcal | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Fat: 0.5g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 18.3g


The Local Sprout

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