Quick Marinara Recipe

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"My husband and I love garlic, so we enjoy this pasta dish often," says Donna Yarham of Springfield, Missouri. Crushed red pepper flakes give this meatless fast-to-fix sauce a little kick, but you can adjust the "heat level" to your liking.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Hot cooked linguine
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

2/3 cup: 128 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 886mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a small nonstick skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, pepper and red pepper flakes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Serve over linguine. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Quick Marinara in Light & Tasty August/September 2004, p62

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Lady-L User ID: 7297136 140390
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2013

"Is this good on spegti?"

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 125977
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"i use this for a dip with garlic bread or mozzerella sticks yummy!"

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