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5 Minute Spicy Marinara Sauce

Cook Time5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: 5 minute recipe, easy recipe, sauce
Servings: 8
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Cindy Hopper


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon 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
  • 1 zest of one small lemon


  • In a cold saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, oregano, and basil.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer and cook for 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 tastes so bold and fresh! Yum!
  • 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!


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg