Quick Spicy Tomato Basil Marinara

Quick Spicy Tomato Basil Marinara

Who needs jarred sauce when you can whip up a tasty, preservative-free, lower sodium version in less than 30 minutes? This sauce has countless uses from spreading on pizza to mussels marinara to layering into a rustic lasagna. Or simply toss with freshly cooked pasta for a simple supper all ages will enjoy.

Makes: 2-3 cups

What You Need:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced

  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt, divided

  • ½ - 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 large (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 handful basil leaves, cut into thin strips  

What You Do:

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

  2. Add garlic cloves and a pinch of salt. Lower heat slightly and sauté gently until soft. 

  3. Add red pepper flakes. Saute 1-2 minutes. 

  4. Add tomatoes and remaining salt. Bring to a low boil. Reduce to medium low heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or longer to reduce and intensify flavor. Adjust seasoning with salt and red pepper flakes.

  5. Before serving, stir in the fresh basil.