Easy, 5 Minute Gluten Free Marinara Sauce

5 Minute Gluten Free Marinara Sauce is packed with tomatoes and garlicky goodness. With a flavor that tastes like it’s been simmering all day, it will become a recipe you make again and again!

bowl of easy, gluten free marinara sauce

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Gluten Free Marinara Sauce

I know what your thinking. Isn’t all marinara sauce gluten free? Most are, but you can never be too careful. I love making it at home because I can control the ingredients a little bit easier.

I like to add fresh garlic and lots of Italian seasoning. This sauce is so rich, it’s perfect for air fryer mozzarella sticks (coming soon!) or these cheezy gluten free breadsticks.

It’s so dippable (I think that’s a word).

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The Basics of Marinara Sauce

I feel like marinara sauce has a few basic components- garlic, tomatoes, and Italian Seasoning. The reason I call this 5-minute sauce is I take a few shortcuts.

To start with, I used a can of tomato sauce. It came in my American Gluten Free Box. I usually don’t like sauces with any seasonings already added, but this can of Muir Glen was perfect. This brand is great because there was no sugar added, but you can use any brand you like.

I did press out my own garlic. I always have fresh on hand, but instead of chopping onions, I used a bit of onion powder. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of pieces of onion in my food.

Finally, I used premade Italian Seasoning. I will tell you. I thought all Italian Seasonings were created equal until I tried the one from Tiny Little Chefs. These seasonings are phenomenal. You can use your favorite or if you want to try hers, use the code GFMIAMI for 20% off on the site.

marinara sauce with tiny little chef italian seasoning

What do you use Gluten Free Marinara Sauce for?

Really the skies the limit. Marinara sauce is a little bit thicker than your average tomato sauce. I love to use it on pizza, and for anything that can be dipped.

One of these days I will create a recipe for gluten free fried calamari. I had to watch my husband eating it the other day and I was so jealous. Now I’m craving it!

What kind of things do you like to use gluten free marinara sauce for?

By the way- if you want to use the same Italian seasoning I used, I really like the seasonings from Tiny Little Chef. We use them on everything. Use the code GFMIAMI to get free shipping and 20% off. They are totally worth it!

bowl of gluten free 5 minute marinara sauce
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4.44 from 16 votes

Easy, 5 Minute Gluten Free Marinara Sauce

Easy gluten free marinara sauce. Comes together quickly and perfect for dipping.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Servings: 7


  • 1 15 ounce can gluten free tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic 2 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning


  • Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and saute for one minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, salt, onion powder, red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning.
  • Simmer for another 4 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.


I prefer to use a tomato sauce that has no sugar added. Be sure to taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.


Serving: 1g

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    Lea Humphries
    January 8, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Hi me again, can you use tomato paste

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      January 8, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      Hi, you can turn tomato paste into sauce by combing 1 cup water and 3/4 cup tomato paste. I haven’t tried that in this recipe, but it should work!

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    Lea Humphries
    January 8, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Have not made the sauce yet, but I want to know if there is a way to make this without salt. Thank you

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      January 8, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Hi! You could leave the salt out, but it won’t have as much flavor. Thanks!

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    Becca Wilson
    June 1, 2018 at 10:12 am

    We use a lot of marinara around here and so making it like this would be great. Can not wait to try it!

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      June 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

      I hope you love it as much as we do!

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    May 31, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I’m skipping the jar next time I make spaghetti and making this instead. Looks so good and full of flavor.

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      June 12, 2018 at 9:51 am

      So much better than the jar!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    May 31, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Marinara sauce is had once a week in our home! It is too good! This looks awesome!

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    May 31, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    I love a good marinara! This looks as delicious as it sounds!

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    Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor
    May 31, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I love how simple this recipe is! This would be great when I make pizza balls.

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      June 12, 2018 at 9:54 am

      This would be great for that, but now I’m currious- What’s a pizza ball?

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