Quick Italian Marinara Sauce: No Sugar Added


Healthy, delicious, sugar-free tomato sauce is hard to come by in a jar or can. Most often it contains ingredients I don’t want in my body, like sugar.  For those with gluten sensitivities, buying store bought of any product can be challenging. Here’s a wonderful article By EveryDay Health, “There’s Gluten in That? Surprising Foods, Cosmetics, and Pills That Contain Gluten” that was a huge eye opener for me! Most jarred tomato sauces are gluten free, but isn’t it better to be able to be in control of what goes into your body by simply making your own?

It is not as long a process as one might think. Its very simple, economical and tastes even better! It’s much less expensive to buy 2 cans of crushed tomato than it is to buy 2 jars of prepared tomato sauce.

So when you have a hankering for some delicious, authentic Italian sauce , you must try this. You will never want to buy prepared sauce again!

Since this sauce is meatless and has a nice, smooth texture it is perfect for recipes like Baked Chicken Parmesan, Oven Fried Chimichangas, and Gluten Free Lasagna Roll-Ups.








If you prefer a chunky, meaty sauce you can try my Traditional Italian Bolognese sauce that is out of this world!

You just can’t go wrong with a homemade, gluten- free, sugar-free and downright flavorful tomato sauce any day of the week!


Quick Italian Marinara Sauce: No Sugar Added
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 10
  • Serving size: ½cup
  • Calories: 63
  • Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 3g

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  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 11/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • pepper to taste
  • red chili pepper flakes to taste
  • Optional: Top with fresh chopped basil and grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat the oil in a large dutch oven or pot. Saute the garlic.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Once at a boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Add optional toppings and serve over your favorite pasta!
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 2*




  1. Amanda Munhollon says:

    May I please pin your recipes/pics on my Pinterest board-I only use the recipes @ home & I will be sure to link them back to you.

  2. hooray!!! this is awesome!!!

  3. Is there a particular brand of crushed tomatoes that you recommend? Thanks!

  4. I have been diabetic for years now and have been struggling with finding/remaking recipes. I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am to find your blog. I look forward to trying recipes.

  5. Love this simple and healthy recipe. Pinned! Making it very soon. Thanks -

  6. This is great! I was looking for a recipe for a sugar free tomato soup – have any ideas – do you think this sauce could be used for that purpose?

  7. Hello,
    I like both,healthy and Italian food why I really like this recipe. I don’t really have this “too much sugar” problem, because I use fresh tomatoes to make this sauce, but I know that most people use those not so healthy types of sauces that can be found in a can. So, in that case I think this is a much better choice. Great work!

  8. it’s like everytime you post a recipe, you read my mind and know what I am hankering for! Making this tonight to go atop Dreamfield’s pasta. Will add diced chicken sausage to the sauce. YUM

  9. could this be canned and stored? or even frozen?

    • Brenda says:

      I’ve frozen it and its been fine and just as delicious once defrosting it. I haven’t canned it but I’m sure as long as you follow proper canning procedures it should be good to go!

  10. Don’t the cans of crushed tomatoes have sugar in them?

  11. Andrea DelSandro says:

    Great recipe Brenda, it was a big success with your cauliflower cheese bread. Keep those recipes coming, hehe. :-D I sure do appreciate your expertise in sugar-free eating. I look forward to your modified Egg tarts!! :)


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