5 Minute Spicy Marinara Sauce

    Posted by  ·  June 23, 2014

    This 5 Minute Spicy Marinara Sauce is quick easy and delicious! The best part is it starts with canned tomatoes so you can make it anytime! Don’t overlook how helpful and convenient canned food can be for easy and healthy meals. Don’t assume fresh is always better. According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have equal, or more nutrients than their fresh or frozen counterparts. For a yummy recipe full of canned veggies and chicken try my  Chicken Pot Pie recipe. It is a quick and easy meal that is a crowd pleaser.

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    5 Minute Spicy Marinara Sauce

    1/4 cup  olive oil
    1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    3  cloves of garlic, pressed
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1-28-ounce can crushed red tomatoes
    zest of one small lemon

    In a cold saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano and basil.
    easy marinara

    Bring mixture to a simmer and cook about 1 minute until everything is fragrant.  Don’t let the garlic brown. Add in tomatoes, simmer for 5 minutes and then remove from heat. Now for the trick from 101 Cookbooks, stir in lemon zest. I think this is the ingredient that makes the sauce slightly tangy and taste so bold and fresh! Yum! 5 minute spicy marinara sauce
    Pour this spicy marinara over pasta or grilled vegetables. It makes a great sauce for pizza and calzones…… and also amazing spicy meatball subs! So many delicious meals from a can of tomatoes! spicy meatball sub sandwich
    A well-stocked pantry , your “cantry” helps you make hearty, flavorful, nutritious meals you can feel good about, anytime!  For more recipes and tips using canned food don’t miss Cans Get You Cooking Website you can also follow them on

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    This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.  I love sharing things that I think are useful and only share things I myself would use.

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    1. Karey
      Monday, June 23rd, 2014
      Thank you for this recipe! I served it with ground turkey as a meat sauce over spaghetti squash. It had a great fresh taste that was light & flavorful. Perfect summer evening meal!