If you love pasta, wait until you try this savory homemade gluten free marinara sauce! It is pure perfection in how herbs and spices slowly cook together to make a mouthwatering meal! Dinner is ready in under 20 minutes!

My kids are all about pasta and sauce for dinner. You could use jarred sauce, but why use it when you can make a delicious homemade sauce? This sauce is not only delicious over gluten free pasta, but you can also slather it on zucchini or winter squash noodles too!

Top this gluten free pasta with this homemade sauce for a quick and easy dinner the whole family will love! All you need are a few simple ingredients. If you love easy dinner recipes as much as we do, you will want to try all my delicious gluten free dinner recipes!

You will also want to make these Gluten Free Breadsticks to dip into this gluten free marinara sauce too!

Why Make This Recipe:

  1. We love this recipe because it is quick and easy to make on those busy weeknights and has a high-quality taste.
  2. You can use this sauce over pasta and seafood in many ways!
  3. You can serve the leftovers with pasta in a Thermos. One of my kids loved pasta in her lunchbox.
  4. This sauce freezes so well. Make a big pot of this sauce and freeze the extras. Freezer meals are a huge time saver!

Serve this marinara over my Gluten Free Cheese Manicotti recipe.

Allergen Information:

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, egg-free, and nut-free.

Photos of the marinara ingredients on the counter.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Tomato Sauce – I use any brand but get plain tomato sauce, not a flavored sauce. Most brands are gluten free, but always read the labels to make sure.
  • Garlic – You can use fresh garlic or jarred minced garlic.
  • Capers – any brand is fine. I fill my measuring spoon and then drain the liquid from the spoon before using it.
  • Fresh Basil – you can also use dried. You will need more if you use fresh basil, as dried herbs are stronger.
  • Oregano – I used dried, but you can also use fresh.
  • Olive Oil – Use extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Optional: leeks, onion, and crushed red peppers.
  • Gluten Free Pasta – my favorite brands are Jovial and Tinkyada. A small note about Jovial: they also make non-gluten-free, so make sure the box you grab says gluten free!
cooking spaghetti in a large silver pot.

Tips For Sucess:

  • Cook pasta according to the directions on the box, but I recommend cooking it one minute less than the box says. This helps your pasta stay al dente.
  • Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the water if you are cooking spaghetti. This can help prevent it from sticking together. Also, use a form to separate the spaghetti pieces 1-2 minutes after adding it to the water.

Avoid mushy pasta with these additional Gluten Free Pasta Cooking Tips.

How To Make Gluten Free Marinara Sauce:

This homemade marinara sauce recipe is so easy to make. It takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on how long you want to simmer the sauce. This sauce is even better the next day as the flavors mesh together in the refrigerator.

A pot of spaghetti cooking on the stove.

Step 1: Cook your gluten free pasta according to the package directions. Every brand is slightly different, so use the recommended cooking time.

A garlic clove in a garlic press.

Step 2: With a large knife, smash two garlic cloves with the flat part of the knife. You can also use a garlic press if you have one.

Garlic sauteing in a large pan.

Step 3: Heat a large frying pan on medium heat with the olive oil and saute the garlic until it becomes soft and golden in color, which takes around 2-3 minutes.

If you add the optional leeks or onions, add them now, too, so they soften.

All of the marinara ingredients in a pot.

Step 4: Add in the tomato sauce, capers, seasonings, and fresh basil. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes for flavors to cook together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

A pot of cooked gluten free marinara sauce.

As with any marinara sauce made from scratch, it gets better on the second day as the flavors mesh together overnight. These Gluten Free Garlic Knots are incredibly dipped into this marinara sauce!

Can you use dried herbs in pasta sauce?

You can use fresh or dry herbs for your cooking. I try to use fresh herbs as often as I can. I even grow my herbs in my kitchen window.

A pot of gluten free penne pasta with the marinara sauce.

Step 5: Add the pasta, which warms up quickly with the sauce. Toss and serve hot. You can also try this easy pasta hack on this delicious pasta with my popular Meat Sauce Recipe

You can use this sauce to make this delicious Gluten Free Ziti Casserole. This is a great meal if you need to feed a large family. It tastes just like lasagna, but it is much easier to make.

Recipe FAQ:

Can you use bean pasta with this recipe?

You can easily use any pasta for this recipe. Just be sure to follow the directions on the box or bag to cook it, as directions vary.

What is the difference between marinara and other pasta sauces?

A marinara sauce has few ingredients and combines a few flavors.

Are any jarred marinara sauces gluten free?

You can easily buy jarred marinara sauce. Rao’s, Mezzetta, Prego, and Newman’s Own are just a few.

Learn how to make Gluten Free Ravioli with this great tutorial.

More Gluten Free Pasta Recipes:

Gluten Free Marinara Sauce

Sandi Gaertner
An easy homemade gluten free marinara sauce recipe that is full of Italian flavor.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Pizza and Pasta Recipes, Gluten Free Sauces and Marinades
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 58 kcal

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  • 2 garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 30 ounces organic tomato sauce 2 cans, see note
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooked gluten free pasta
  • Optional: leeks or onion


  • Add garlic and saute until golden. (If you choose to use optional onion or leeks, add these now and cook with the garlic.)
  • Add fresh basil and saute another 2 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, capers, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  • Cover, reduce heat, and simmer the sauce for 15-20 minutes.
  • Toss with cooked gluten free pasta and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve hot.


  1. I recommend using tomato sauce that has no additional seasonings.
  2. You can easily double this recipe, then freeze some of it so that you have pasta sauce on-hand at any time.
  3. This is a recipe that gets better as it is in the refrigerator. 
  4. This sauce will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 58kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 817mgPotassium: 469mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 649IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 2mg
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This post was updated from an older October 2020 post with more recipe details.

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