Healthier Marinara Pasta Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2

This simple marinara sauce uses pantry ingredients and is ready to go after about 15 minutes of cooking time. Toss it with your favorite pasta for an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Basil Garlic & Oregano (unsalted version)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • cooked pasta of your choice I used a medley of vegetable infused and whole wheat pasta


  1. In one pot, bring your pasta to a boil and cook to desired doneness.
  2. At the same time, take a medium saucepan and make your sauce. Add in the canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt and seasoning and bring to a low simmer. Cook with lid for 10-15 minutes. Remove lid from pot to reduce the sauce, but keep it nearby as you stir as the tomato sauce tends to spray. 

  3. Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly. When the sauce is finished, add in pepper, then toss pasta in the sauce. Then serve immediately.


Nutrition estimate is for the sauce only.

Nutrition Facts
Healthier Marinara Pasta Sauce
Amount Per Serving (0.5 of recipe)
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 2347mg102%
Potassium 417mg12%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 2.9mg16%
Net Carbs 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

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