Marinara Dipping Sauce

Sometimes you really need a tomato sauce and you don’t have one.  Maybe you made calzones or mozzarella sticks.  It’s tempting to just pick some up at the store but if you want to save some money or if you just don’t want to go to the store, it’s easy to make a tasty tomato sauce at home.  Plus, you also get to be all cool and tell everyone “oh yes, I made this sauce from scratch” and everyone will be impressed even though it only took you a few minutes to stir everything together.  Impressing people is always fun.  It’s even more fun if you can be lazy AND impress people.  I think I might have a problem…  I do a lot of things just to impress people.  Anyone else in the same boat?

I recently told someone that I’ve run a half marathon (13.1 miles) and she didn’t believe me.  She actually thought I was lying and asked my boyfriend if it was true.  I can’t really blame her for not believing me since I’m necessarily the most in shape.  I don’t look like a runner.  Much to her surprise, and my own surprise really, I have run two half marathons.   She was impressed (score!) and when she asked why, I told her that it was mostly to say that I did it.  Running a half marathon to impress people is much more of a challenge than making a 5 minute marinara sauce.  What’s something you’ve done just to say you did it?  Do you have  a go to impressive fact about yourself?  I want to hear it!  (Yes, I’m inviting you to brag about yourself.)

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Active Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 cup

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A quick, easy, and versatile tomato sauce.


  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 - 1 cup water depending on desired thickness (or substitute 1 can tomato sauce for water and tomato paste)
  • 1 tsp oregano + extra for topping
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper (add less for less of a kick)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch suger


  1. Mix all the ingredients together until uniform.
  2. Add water until it reaches desired consistency.


Feel free to add chopped tomatoes, onions, or garlic for a chunkier sauce. Traditional marinara sauce simmers down for a long time. This is just a quick way to make a tomato sauce in a pinch. Enjoy!
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