Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (2024)

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This Vegan Marinara sauce requires just 1 pot, 7 ingredients, and is ready in less than 10 minutes. It’s so easy to make, super healthy, oil-free, and delicious!

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If you have been craving a delicious vegan spaghetti sauce that doesn’t require intensive laboring then look no further. This oil-free marinara sauce is amazing! It’s low in calories, fat-free, and incredibly versatile.

I used everyday pantry staple items to whip up this delicious recipe. And, trust me. No one will ever know the difference. You will not sacrifice on taste or health with this recipe. You’ll never need to buy store-bought pasta sauce again…EVER!

Vegan Marinara sauce that’s ready in 10 minutes and requires only 7 ingredients. It’s so easy and simple and requires only one pot. A great recipe to prepare ahead of time so you can enjoy this amazing sauce for the week!

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Tomatoes: (2) 28-ounce cans of Cento Crushed Tomatoes or San Marzano Tomatoes.
  • Spices: I like using dried oregano and basil because they are much more accessible. A little onion powder and garlic powder. And, a pinch of red pepper for a bit of heat. I always say it’s optional, but it really does add a nice depth of flavor.
  • Maple Syrup: I like sweeter sauces, but feel free to leave this out if you want a more savory essence.
  • Salt: Add to taste, but this is completely optional. Just be sure to use low-sodium tomatoes.

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How To Make Vegan Marinara Sauce

This recipe really could not be any easier. You simply add all the ingredients to a large pot and simmer over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Then, reduce the heat to low and allow to cook for 5-6 minutes. That’s it! Don’t be afraid to get creative. Feel free to toss in mushrooms or chopped veggies to make a very hearty spaghetti sauce.

How Can I Use Marinara Sauce

There’s really no “one way” as it is so versatile. But, it’s great to serve over pasta or veggies. However, I love using it in my Vegan Lasagna Rolls. Amazing!

Also, be sure and try it over regular pasta and topped with my delicious Vegan Parmesan!

How Long Will It Keep

You can store the marinara in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days. So, it’s great for a quick “grab and go” meal during the week.

Can I Freeze Vegan Marinara Sauce

Absolutely! Pour it into a freezer bag or a sealed container after it has cooked and set it in the freezer. Freeze the whole batch together or into smaller portions. It will last for about a month in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use it simply place it in the fridge the night before you’re ready to cook and reheat it in a saucepan.

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This Vegan Marinara sauce requires just 1 pot, 7 ingredients, and is ready in less than 10 minutes. It’s so easy to make, super healthy, oil-free, and delicious!

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

UnitsScale

  • 2 28 oz. can of low-sodium crushed tomatoes. Or (if you like your sauce a little chunky, use 1 can crushed tomatoes and 1 can diced tomatoes.)
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes (adjust according to spice preference)
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Salt to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot and simmer over medium to medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta or use for pizza sauce.

Notes

This is the perfect recipe to top with my Plant-Based Parmesan.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ½ cup
  • Calories: 26
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 152 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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  1. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (12)Susan

    I’ve made this many times and it is so easy and delicious! I like to cook mushrooms to add to it and sometimes onion. I made a triple batch today, so I would have enough to share with my sister. I also enjoyed your interview recently on the Plant Strong podcast.

    Reply

  2. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (13)Wendy

    I am wondering if this sauce could be canned. Thoughts?

    Reply

  3. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (16)Haley

    Any ideas for what I can blend into the sauce to sub for the maple syrup? I can’t have any sweeteners including liquid ones. Would dates work all right if I blend them with some sauce in the Vitamix? What about some cooked sweet potato or carrots to add sweetness?

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    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (17)Shane Martin

      Hi, Haley! The dates would work best. But, honestly, you could leave it out and it would be more of a savory sauce without the sweeteness.

      Reply

  4. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (18)Selina Careen

    Simple and delicious Marnera sauce.
    I also made your Hummus recipe..so easy and delicious.
    Your recipes are so easy, not time consuming
    and taste wicked!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (19)Shane Martin

      Selina, thank you so much and so glad you are enjoying the recipes.

      Reply

  5. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (20)Beverly Valley

    My new go to sauce. I’m already thinking of all the things I can pour this over for a yummy dinner! Thank you!

    Reply

  6. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (21)Lisa M

    My husband loves spaghetti with meat sauce , so I used your recipe as a guide. I used fresh garlic and onions, substituted an Italian seasoning blend, added frozen mushrooms and a soy-based meat substitute. We loved it. I may add a little tomato paste next time to make the sauce a little thicker. You have some really simple and great-looking recipes and I can’t wait to try many of them.

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  7. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (22)Shannon

    Very Flavourful! Was looking for a good replacement to my favourite store bought that has oil and this may be it. The easiness of this makes it a true contender as well. TY

    Reply

  8. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (23)Jen

    So tasty and easy to make! Thanks!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (24)Shane Martin

      Thank you!

      Reply

  9. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (25)Melanie Owens

    So easy, no special ingredients, and I think it’s the best marinara I’ve ever made! Thanks, Shane!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (26)Shane Martin

      Thank you so much!!!

      Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (28)Shane Martin

      Bitter? Hmmmm, that’s new. I’ve never heard of that happening before. Let me think on that.

      Reply

      • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (29)Linda

        Love this recipe!! Have made it many times now, at least once a week and the only time it ended up bitter was because my fresh basil was apparently not so fresh and had started to go to seed which makes it very bitter.

        Reply

  10. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (30)Shawon Blythe

    So glad I came across this recipe! Trying to eat a more plant based diet. This recipe was simple and quick plus I already had the ingredients on hand. Will definitely continue to use this delicious recipe. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (31)Shane Martin

      Thank you, Shawon!

      Reply

  11. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (32)LaNette Hacker

    Can this be frozen and if so for how long?

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    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (33)Shane Martin

      Yes. It should keep for a couple of months.

      Reply

  12. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (34)Sripriya B

    Hi ,

    Can we use fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes ? If so. What would be the quantity ?
    Thanks !

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (35)Shane Martin

      Yes, absolutely! One 28-ounce can of tomatoes equals about 10 to 12 whole tomatoes. Hope this helps!

      Reply

  13. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (36)Linda Goode

    Totally awesome Marinara sauce! I will be keeping this recipe forever!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (37)Shane Martin

      Thank you so much, Linda! Blessings.

      Reply

  14. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (38)Sheri Keene

    I have made this recipe MANY times and it is always perfect. It is great over spaghetti sauce or as the marinara sauce in Lasagna! I can’t improve on it. Thanks!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (39)Shane Martin

      Wow, Sherri! Thank you so much for the kind words and I’m so glad you like the sauce. Thanks for rating it too:) Many blessings.

      Reply

  15. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (40)Sheri Keene

    I loved this recipe. I put it over spaghetti squash and both my husband and I loved it. I froze it and when I thawed it later it was even better!! !Quick, easy and the ingredients are most likely already in your pantry. Thanks!

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    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (41)Shane Martin

      Thank you, Sheri! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and love the feedback on freezing it. It never lasts long enough in my house. LOL!

      Reply

  16. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (42)Maple

    Thank you Shane for sharing this simple and delicious recipe for marinara sauce. I made this to make plant-based lasagna. The 8 minutes cooking time for the sauce does not compromise the flavor. This recipe is definitely a keeper 🙂
    I used whole Italian tomatoes in a tin which I crushed up by hand before cooking it with the rest of ingredients on the stove top.

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  17. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (43)Stephanie DiSantis

    Hi all! Any suggestions for someone who needs to be low/no sugar? I’ve heard sautéing shredded carrots as a replacement for sugar or the syrup could work. Has anyone tried this?

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    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (44)Shane Martin

      Hi, Stephanie! A couple of things: 1) You can leave out the maple syrup and it is still very good. Very savory. 2) Yes, you can shred carrots, saute them, and blend them briefly with the sacue before heating. You could also just add them to the sauce without blending. Hope this helps! Let me know how it turns out. Blessings.

      Reply

  18. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (45)Christy

    Fantastic marinara sauce- love your ideas & posted on Forks Over Knives FB

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (46)Shane Martin

      Thank you so much!

      Reply

  19. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (47)Shane Martin

    Mark, thanks so much for reaching out and so glad you enjoyed it. Peace and feast.

    Reply

  20. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (48)Mark Brennan

    I just made this for the first time. It’s easy and delicious.
    Thanks Shane!

    Reply

  21. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (49)Julie Creveling

    I got so excited when I saw this recipe posted on Facebook today! I have tried several oil free marinara sauce recipes and haven’t liked any of them very much. So I made it tonight and it is absolutely delicious!I even had all of the ingredients already in my pantry! My hunt for the perfect homemade marinara sauce is over! Thank you so much, Shane!

    Reply

    • Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (50)Shane Martin

      Wow, Julie! Thanks so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  22. Vegan Marinara Sauce Recipe (No Oil) | Shane & Simple (51)Michael

    Easy and delicious!

    Reply

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