The Most Simple Marinara Sauce (& Best Tasting)

Updated: March 14, 2019

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Packed with bone building vitamins and minerals

Spaghetti Marinara

The Most Simple Marinara Sauce(& Best tasting)
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 249 kcal


  • 6 tomatoes organic
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 5 leaves basil organic
  • 1/2 tsp thai pepper
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 pkg brown rice spaghetti noodles
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1/2 sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup optional


How to peel tomatoes

  • Using a sharp knife, slice an X into the tomatoes.
    Gently place the tomatoes into the boiling water.
    Boil the tomatoes for 25 seconds. Do not boil them for longer than 25-30 seconds or they will begin to soften and cook.
  • Remove the tomatoes immediately from the boiling water. Place the tomatoes directly into the cold water and let them cool off. Remove the tomatoes from the water. Begin peeling the skin at the X, pulling the skin back gently.


  • Cut peeled off tomatoes in small pieces.
  • Put tomato pieces in a pot.
  • When it starts boiling, add salt and sugar and chopped basil and stir. (Ketchup is optional)
  • While the sauce is boiling, sauté chopped onion, minced garlic, and slices of pepper with olive oil.
  • Boil down the sauce for 40 mins and add sautéed ingredients.
  • Leave the sauce until it boils down.
  • Prepare noodles.
  • Put sauce on top of noodles.
  • Ready to serve! Enjoy!


Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSodium: 355mgPotassium: 2111mgFiber: 11gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 6775IUVitamin C: 127.5mgCalcium: 125mgIron: 2.5mg
Keyword gluten-free, marinara, sauce, tomato, vegan
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  1. E Rees

    September 30, 2023 , 2:51 pm

    What does 1/2 salt and 1/2 sugar mean in this recipe? Tsp, tsp, Cup, etc.?

  2. Shelby AlgaeCal

    October 2, 2023 , 9:37 am

    Thank you so much for reaching out and bringing this to our attention! It looks like the recipe may be missing a unit of measurement for both salt and sugar and rest assured this has been passed along to our team to look into. In the meantime, may I suggest adding sugar and salt to taste (more than a tbsp of each may be too much!). I hope this helps, and hopefully, we should have the recipe adjusted soon. 🙂
    – Shelby

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