Quick Marinara Sauce (30 minutes, gluten free, paleo, whole30, vegan, low carb)

30 Minute Marinara Sauce

Throwing together a quick marinara sauce is the easiest way to spruce up an otherwise boring dinner. My version may not be authentic, but it is versatile, made from pantry ingredients, and only takes 30 minutes. When you have to get dinner on the table STAT, start with this gluten free, paleo, vegan, and Whole30 friendly sauce! 
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 45kcal
Author Nora (A Clean Bake)



  • Put all of the ingredients, except the water, in a large sauce pan with a lid and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook, over medium heat, until the sauce reaches a simmer. 
  • Uncover and simmer, 25-30 minutes, stirring periodically.
  • If the sauce becomes to thick, add a few Tablespoons of water (up to 1/4 cups) until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Serve immediately. 


  • If you like a slightly chunkier sauce, sweat 1/2 medium white onion (minced) in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until translucent before adding the additional ingredients. If you do this, omit the onion powder. 
  • You can add finely grated parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, to taste, if you'd like to add additional depth of flavor. This is not necessary. 
  • One serving is calculated as 1/2 cup of sauce.
  • Store fully-cooled leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. 


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7.7% | Vitamin C: 14.8% | Calcium: 4.5% | Iron: 9.6%