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The Most Simple Marinara Sauce (& Best Tasting)

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Spaghetti Marinara

The Most Simple Marinara Sauce(& Best tasting)

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword gluten-free,marinara,sauce,tomato,vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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
Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Marinara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 2111mg60%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 11g46%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 6775IU136%
Vitamin C 127.5mg155%
Calcium 125mg13%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


How to peel tomatoes

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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

Author: Monica Straith, BS

Monica is the PR and Outreach Manager and Fitness Lead at AlgaeCal. She’s an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist, and has a B.S. and B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she played varsity soccer for four years. Monica pulls from her experience in athletics and health to contribute to AlgaeCal and has also been featured on myfitnesspal blog, Prevention, and Huffington Post.