Five Minute Marinara Sauce

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The olive oil combined with the red pepper and the lemon zest to take this sauce to another level. With such simple ingredients, it is shocking that something so unbelievably easy could taste so delicious. Try not to eat the entire pot of sauce with a spoon! Adjust the amount of red pepper flakes according to your own tastes; the full amount makes a very spicy sauce. Recipe from 101 Cookbooks via Mary Younkin, Barefeet in the Kitchen.

Yield: 1 serving ( Serving Size: quart )
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  • 1/4 cup(s) extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 - 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) fine grain sea salt
  • 3 medium clove(s) garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1 28-ounce can(s) crushed red tomatoes (not diced, not pureed, not whole, no additional seasonings at all)
  • Zest of one lemon


  1. Combine the olive oil, pepper flakes, salt and garlic in a cold saucepan. Stir while you heat the pan over medium high heat. Saute for 45 seconds to a minute, just until everything is fragrant. Avoid letting the garlic turn brown. Stir in the tomatoes and heat to a gentle simmer, this should only take a couple minutes.

  2. Remove from the heat and taste the sauce. If it needs more salt, add it now. Stir in the lemon zest and taste again.
November 2013

This recipe is a personal recipe added by psfreeman and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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