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Spicy Marinara Sauce Recipe

This is my go-to tomato sauce for putting on, like, literally anything.

It is not only absolutely packed with vegetables, it also has this deep, spicy deliciousness that takes it from ‘oh, tomato sauce’ to ‘oh, yes, tomato sauce!’…

A few of my favourite pairings with this spicy marinara sauce include:

  • Tofu nuggets, steamed veg, and brown rice
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Meat-less meatballs with wholewheat pasta and roasted courgette
  • Burrito bowls with black beans, brown rice, fajita vegetables, and guacamole

Essentially, this sauce goes with anything.

Plus – it’s super easy to make.

I know that traditionally marinara sauce is just tomatoes, onions, and garlic, so this recipe does add in a few more extra vegetables than is necessarily traditional.

However, I think if you can get a rich, delicious spicy marinara sauce for just a little more cooking time that also packs in way more veggies (think: health!), what’s the harm – right?

Give this spicy marinara sauce a try this week and make extra to keep in the fridge – I guarantee you’ll be going back for more!

Spicy Marinara Sauce

Spicy Marinara Sauce

A delicious, spicy marinara sauce made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrot, and celery, with a touch of spice added by chipotle pepper paste.


  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp chipotle pasta
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 300mls vegetable stock


  1. Chop your white onion, pepper, carrot, and celery, and mince your garlic cloves.
  2. Heat a little oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add your veg, sauteing for between 5 and 10 minutes until soft.
  3. Add your garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Add your chipotle paste and mix into the vegetables with some salt and pepper.
  5. Add your tomatoes and stock, stir and bring to the boil.
  6. Turn down your hob to a low heat and allow to simmer for 20 - 30 minutes.
  7. Take the pan off the heat and blend the sauce with an immersion blender.
  8. Place back over the hob and stir for 5 minutes to allow the sauce to blend and thicken together.
  9. You’re done!


This sauce will keep in the fridge for 3 - 4 days and is perfect for freezing.

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