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Easy Homemade Marinara

Sometimes you just want something easy and fast to get on the table that’ll satisfy your spaghetti-lovers AND you need to have dinner done in ~30 minutes! This Super Easy Homemade Marinara fits the bill!

Quick And Easy Marinara

Easy Homemade Marinara

You guys remember a few weeks back when I was ALL over social media in Chicago living it up and attending Eat, Write, Retreat?

Yeah – me either.

It seems like forever ago – but really it was only last month! It was such a great time, and a refreshing, empowering, inspiring weekend filling with friends, food, and fun. I’m already wishing for my next conference to get here – which at this point is looking like sometime in 2016 – so I’ve got a ways to go yet.

Having fresh herbs around the house is ideal, but I can NEVER use them all up before they start to wilt and go bad, and my thumb is BROWN. The garden I DID manage to get going this year my chickens have pretty much savaged. If you don’t have fresh herbs, dried or the refrigerated variety will be fine.

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Gourmet Garden Quick Marinara

I made this super simple herbed marinara the other day for lunch for the starving masses of kids that call my place home, and it was DEVOURED.

Need more pasta recipes? I LOVE those, and have a ton here. Check some out!

I love being able to throw something fresh, easy, and kid-friendly on the table during those days when I don’t have time to put together a whole production just for lunch. Which – let’s get real, is most days.

Gourmet Garden Quick Marinara

More often than not lunch here is a quick sandwich, some spaghetti-o’s, or leftovers. Whichever is quickest. Or will create the least number of dishes to wash. Either or.

So, if you want something quick and easy and don’t happen to have a fridge full of Gourmet Garden herbs, feel free to substitute dried, but I highly suggest picking these up next time you are out shopping. They are in the refrigerated section of your produce department.

Quick and Easy Herbed Marinara


Yield: 4 servings

Easy Marinara with Herbs

Easy Marinara with Herbs

If you need a quick spaghetti sauce but don't have your favorite jarred variety around, this is the perfect solution to your dinner problems. Easy Marinara with Herbs is a family fast-dinner favorite here.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon chunky garlic paste or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 - 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 1 teaspoon dried Italian Herbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmigianno Reggiano, or grated parmesan if you are in a pinch!
  • Fresh basil garnish (if you have it around!)


  1. Heat olive oil over medium low heat and add the garlic paste or fresh garlic to the oil. Stir frequently and cook for 1 minute. Add in tomato sauce, sugar, and the rest of the herbs. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 25 minutes.
  2. Add in the parmigianno during the last 5 minutes, stir to combine, and toss the sauce with your desired pasta. Top with more Parmigianno, and serve with warm crusty garlic bread.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 310Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 1576mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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