5 Minute Vegetable Marinara Sauce

I’m sharing this “recipe” on a whim today, and as I was in the final steps of making it this afternoon I snapped a few pictures. I put the word recipe in quotes because it hardly requires any cooking and seriously comes together in 5 minutes. But it’s packed with veggies and very versatile!

James will not eat vegetables unless they are disguised in some kind of pasta sauce, and to be honest I’m a fan of eating my veggies in the form of marinara sauce as well. Sometimes I put in effort and make a homemade meat sauce, or we’ve been loving this lentil veggie bolognese as well! But my go-to lately has been this super quick and embarrassingly easy recipe I’m sharing with you today.

I have been making a batch every week lately and it is perfect to have on hand for James’s lunches and dinners, especially when I know he won’t go near the meal we’re eating. It helps ease some of my mom guilt as well because this kid lives on carbs and nut butter. It’s a total mess to clean up but I feel good about including a boost of nutrients in his diet.

I’m sharing the most basic version of the recipe below but feel free to add any veggies you like to the sauce, just be sure to cook them in a little olive oil first so that they’re nice and soft before adding the marinara sauce. If you’re pinched on time, this is a quick and easy, veggie-packed meal that the whole family will love!

5 Minute Vegetable Marinara Sauce

  • 1/2 jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  • 8-oz sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 6-oz Spinach, chopped
  • 1-Tablespoon Olive Oil

Directions: Heat olive oil in non-stick skillet or pot until warm, add mushrooms and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chopped spinach and stir continuously until spinach has wilted. Add 1/2 jar of marinara sauce and stir to combine. Season to taste. Serve with pasta and shredded cheese, if desired.

**I’ve made this recipe with lots of different chopped vegetables so feel free to experiment with your favorites!