Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce

So easy and quick that we used this recipe in our 2017 summer meatball cooking class for kids. Of course, you can cook it longer than 7 to 10 minutes to develop even more flavor! 

Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated (white) sugar
1 to 2  tablespoons dried Italian seasoning (or use about 1/4 chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, oregano, basil if available)
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the olive oil to the pan, allowing it to warm for 1 minute, then add the garlic and sauté it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until it's light brown and fragrant.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper flakes if using; stir to combine.
  4. Simmer the sauce for at least 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Taste and then add more seasonings as desired.

    Our Italian-style Stuffed Zucchini recipe uses this marinara sauce.

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