Oct 20, 2022 Quick Marinara Sauce

marinara sauce

This sauce only takes 30 minutes and is loaded with fresh flavor! It is much lower in sodium than canned tomatoes or tomato sauces. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, the sodium is added when canning or in the sauce recipe. Check out this recipe to make your own!

Top your favorite pasta or use with eggplant rollatini, lasagna, pizza or chicken parmesan.


  • 5 fresh Roma tomatoes (or any other will work too), diced
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly grated parmesan (optional)
  • Fresh herbs: Basil, oregano, thyme, parsley diced fine (1/4 cup total) – can substitute dried herbs, just use 1 tsp. each basil, oregano, parsley and ½ tsp thyme


In a medium sauce pan heat oil and sauté garlic until fragrant. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Add sugar, salt, pepper, and balsamic vinegar and cook another 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning as needed.

Add a couple tablespoons of fresh grated parmesan to add further depth of flavor if desired.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition info per ¼ c: 39 cals, 5.6 gm carbs, .8 gm protein, 1.9 gm fat