Five Minute Marinara

We understand… there are those late nights you get home and just open a jar of red sauce for over your pasta or, preferably, spaghetti squash. The problem is that many of those jarred sauces contain a ton of sugar. You’d be just as well off melting down your kids’ remaining Halloween candy and pouring it over. 

This great recipe contains no sugar, tastes great and takes about five minutes of your time. Throw in some vegetables if you want or some cut up chicken to amp it up. And you can freeze individual portions for use later, so you’ll never have to have Spaghetti alla Butterfinger ever again.

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 45 mins | Servings: 4-8


1 28 oz can of chopped tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
5 or 6 basil leaves, torn up
salt and pepper to taste


1. Over medium/high heat, sauté onions in olive oil until translucent, approximately 5 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and cook for one minute more.
2. Add chopped tomatoes and sauce, and cover pot. Season with salt and pepper and cook over low heat for 45 minutes stirring occasionally.
3. Add basil and serve hot. Enjoy! And don’t forget to freeze leftover sauce for future use.