Simple Marinara Sauce

This simple marinara sauce takes only 20 minutes to make, yet is rich and tastes like it’s been simmering all day.  Tomato paste gives this a depth of flavor that is delicious.

A few months ago I bought a Vitamix on sale for $249.  I am kicking myself for not buying one sooner – it’s amazing.  Costco sometimes has Vitamix’s on sale too.

this is a photo of a Vitamix blending simple marinara sauce

What is the secret to a simple marinara?

Good canned tomatoes.  My late husband introduced me to peeled Italian tomatoes and they are so delicious and readily available in any grocery store.  The cans cost between $1.49 and $2.00 not on sale, but about every three weeks they are on sale for $.99 so I stock up.

What can you do with leftover marinara sauce?

I live alone, but I still make this full batch to use throughout the week.  Here are some recipes that use marinara sauce:

You can use some of this marinara sauce to make my chicken meatball dish.

this is a photo of chicken meatballs with marinara

Zucchini Lasagna with Pork Ragu:

this is a photo of zucchini lasagna

Quick Tomato Soup:

this is a photo of quick tomato soup


Or my quick chicken parmesan.  

4 ounces chicken breast tossed in 1 tablespoon of flour, salt and pepper.  Pan fried over medium heat for 4 minutes a side.  On the last minute, top with 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese and put that side down in the pan so it gets nice and crispy.  Serve over whole wheat pasta and some of the marinara.  Garnish with fresh basil.

This is a photo of crispy chicken parmesan over whole wheat pasta


  • 1 28 ounce can Italian peeled plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Spray a skillet with avocado oil spray. Add the garlic and cook for five minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Use a blender or stick blender, puree sauce.


This is ZERO points on all WW plans. If your sauce is a bit acidic, add a pinch of sugar to balance it out. A teaspoon of sugar is only 10 calories, so I wouldn’t count that. 😂

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 55Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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I am a widowed 52 year old trying to figure out my life after losing my husband after a long illness.

Cooking and being in the kitchen feeds my soul!


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