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top view of a white bowl with pasta and marinara sauce topped with fresh chopped basil; fork and napkin on the side

Simple Pasta Marinara

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  • Author: Gigi & Sersie
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This simple pasta marinara uses our basic marinara sauce. It adds sundried tomatoes, fennel seeds, and your favorite whole-grain pasta to provide the perfect base for the seasonal veggies of your choosing. It's vegan, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and full of flavor.


Units Scale
  • 6 cups Super Simple Marinara Sauce (6 cups = 1 batch)
  • 3 Tbsp minced sundried tomatoes (without the oil)
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seed
  • 12 oz. whole grain pasta (gluten-free, or whole wheat)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh basil or parsley
  • 1 Tbsp Easy Vegan Parm Cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp Crushed red pepper (optional, for more heat)


If you haven't done so already, prepare the Simple Marinara Sauce.

Add prepared marinara sauce, sundried tomatoes, and fennel seeds to a sauté or sauce pan with a lid. Turn the heat to medium and let it come to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to low and cover the pan with a lid.

While the sauce is simmering, make pasta according to the package directions. See Pro Tip for cooking pasta.

Drain pasta and dish up with heated sauce.

Top with fresh herbs and Easy Vegan Parmesan Cheese, if using

Pro Tip

Reduce the cooking time of the pasta by one minute. So if the directions say to cook for 9 minutes, cook it for 8 minutes instead. Then drain the pasta and add it directly to the hot marinara sauce. Continue to simmer the sauce with the hot pasta for another minute. This will make sure the pasta is coated with all that saucy goodness. I use this method when making spaghetti, linguini, or fettuccini pasta.



  1. Knife
  2. Cutting board
  3. Measuring spoons
  4. Sauté or sauce pan with a lid
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner Entrée
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian