Spicy Marinara Sauce – just 7 ingredients and less than 30 minutes gets this tomato sauce with a kick on your table. Pair it with pasta or zoodles for a quick weeknight dinner.
Raise your hand if you reach for pasta and a jar of marinara sauce when you need dinner on the table fast. I’m guilty of buying jarred sauce too. But, it really is so easy to make your own. And we know that food tastes better when it’s homemade and you control the ingredients. Better for you too. My Spicy Marinara Sauce is the perfect quick sauce to liven up any dish and it can be made in under 30 minutes!
Just 7 ingredients, plus salt, are needed to make this delicious spicy sauce. And I’ll bet you have them all in your pantry already. All you need are onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, balsamic vinegar, and crushed red pepper flakes. To make it a meal, just pour it over your favorite pasta. I’ve been obsessed with pairing it with zoodles and crispy baked eggplant lately. So good!
Ditch the Sugar
Why is it that every store bought product seems to contain sugar? I for one don’t need to feed my sweet tooth any more than necessary, and especially not in savory dishes. That’s why I love making this homemade spicy marinara sauce. No sugar needed, yet it definitely has a bit of sweetness to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and the heat of the red pepper flakes. I use a sweet onion and a dash of balsamic vinegar to accomplish this. Nothing but nutritious healthy ingredients here!
Control the Heat
You guys know I have 3 kids, so you might be wondering if a spicy marinara sauce is kid friendly. It really depends on your kids and what they like. I’ve never been shy about adding a little heat to the food I feed my kids.
My Black Bean Salsa Burgers are a favorite that we eat several times a month. And when my son was little, he would eat salsa with a spoon!
However, I usually keep the amount of red pepper flakes to about ¼ tsp when I’m making this for the family. It gives a nice kick, but it’s not too spicy at all. If I’m making it just for me, I would go for a ½ tsp because I like a little more heat. You decide what’s best for you and your family. Start with ¼ tsp and work your way up if you feel it needs more fire.
Spicy Marinara Sauce
I hope you love this Spicy Marinara Sauce as much as we do. If you try it, please come back and leave me a comment below with your feedback and star rating. You can also find me on social media. Be sure to tag @veggie_inspired and #veggieinspired so I’m sure to see it. Enjoy!
Spicy Marinara Sauce
- Sauté the diced onion in the vegetable broth (or water) for 4-5 minutes until softened. If the onions start to stick, add an additional 1-2 tbsp of vegetable broth (or water).
- Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté 1 minute.
- Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.
- Using an immersion blender, purée the sauce until smooth (or desired consistency). Alternately, you can carefully transfer the sauce to a blender to purée.
- Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Enjoy over pasta or zoodles or as a dipping sauce for breadsticks.
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