Easy Skillet Marinara Sauce


A quick, one pan marinara sauce that can easily used for just about anything.

Easy Skillet Marinara SauceWithout a doubt, there's at least one night every week when I have no desire to stand in the kitchen and make dinner.  Of course I still need to feed Ryan and myself, so I'll muster up some energy and make the easiest thing I can think of.

Today is not one of those days.  It's the weekend, my favorite time of the week to cook.  So I made Baked Spinach Meatballs and a quick little red sauce to make Meatball Subs.  What turned up was a delicious Marinara Sauce with a little spice and a lot of flavor.

It took no time at all to make, and I have enough to save for later this week when all I want to do is faceplant on the couch.

Easy Skillet Marinara Sauce

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  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • salt, pepper
  • 2 TBS oregano
  • 2 TBS red pepper flakes
  • 1 C grated parmesan cheese
  1. In a large pan, heat olive oil and cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, then cover and let it cook for at least 10 more minutes (the longer the better), and add salt & pepper if more is desired
  3. Makes about 2 Cups of sauce

Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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Sarah - October 22, 2013

Your gravy is Amazing!!! My husband and I are very picky eaters and this is the new Sunday night staple in our home… All 3 of my kids loooove it as we’ll I do make one modification tho… I half the crushed red pepper flakes… Because my kids can’t take that much heat…. Thanks sooo much for the recipe…..

    Lauren - November 24, 2013

    Thanks Sarah! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! I recommend trying the Baked Spinach Meatballs with this sauce too!

Baked Spinach Meatballs - January 18, 2017

[…] These little babies are delicious and now I can’t stop eating them.  Not to mention the Easy Skillet Marinara Sauce I made for […]

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