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10-min Vegan Marinara Sauce

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Packed with 6 simple, fresh ingredients like juicy chopped tomatoes, fragrant basil and oregano, and savory onion and garlic, this chunky vegan marinara sauce is the perfect way to add flavor and nutrition to your favorite pasta dishes. Give it a try and taste the difference that a quick, healthy meal can make!

We have selected 30+ delicious vegan pasta recipes for you to try. We also have some classic recipes made vegan, like vegan cashew alfredo sauce, vegan pesto pasta, vegan spaghetti bolognese, or this coconut milk pasta sauce. For even more inspiration, browse through our vegan pasta sauces gallery. This recipe is also part of our quick vegan meals collection, where everything can be done in 20 minutes.

Marinara sauce is a thick spaghetti sauce made with chopped tomatoes and Italian seasoning. It tastes and looks more like a chunky tomato sauce.

What is precisely the difference between marinara and spaghetti sauce? When we say spaghetti sauce, we usually think of the classic tomato-based pasta sauce, a smooth, velvety tomato sauce with the same Italian seasoning. It has no chunks, no skins, and no seeds.

What is the difference between marinara and tomato sauce? Tomato sauce is a cooked, unseasoned sauce made of tomatoes that they sell in bottles. It is more like a sieved tomato puree without seasoning, the base for many recipes.

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It is one of the most basic pasta sauces you can ever make. After trying a homemade marinara sauce, you will not go back to buying it again. Here are the 6 ingredients you need.

🛒 You can find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Well, do you have 10 minutes? That is how long it takes to cook a homemade vegan marinara sauce.

You can spice up this easy vegan marinara sauce recipe depending on what you want to use it for and who you serve it to.

As it is primarily a pasta sauce, it is no surprise that most recipes featuring it are pasta. Here is some variety you can start with:

Generally, we would use our 5-minute no-cook vegan pizza sauce on top of our gluten-free pizza crust, but you can’t really turn down a simple margarita pizza with marinara sauce and cheese. It just gives an extra zing to mix all these chunks with melted cheese. Here is some variety to start with:

Not looking for either a pasta or a pizza recipe? Then try these creative recipes using marinara sauce:

The sauce is perfect for batch cooking. You can easily store it in the fridge for up to a week without any problem.  

Store any leftovers per serving (in a jar, in a ziplock bag, or another container) in a freezer and thaw whenever you need it. 

Marinara sauce is usually tomato, garlic, onion, olive oil, herbs, and spices like basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Plant-based all the way. However, suppose you are looking to buy jarred marinara sauce. In that case, you may need to pay attention as those may include sugar, starch, natural flavors, preservatives, and other ingredients that may not be vegan.

We love using juicy tomatoes like heirloom or san marzano tomatoes since they have a very intense tomato taste that makes the marinara sauce even better. If you don’t have any in your pantry, cherry tomatoes work similarly, albeit not as aromatic.

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UPDATED: This recipe was originally posted in Jan 2019, but was rewritten and republished with new photos, instructions, and tips in Mar 2023. 

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