Homemade Marinara Sauce

Makes 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition per cup: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 115.6 ~ Fat 2.4 g ~ Carbs 21.7 g ~ Fiber 6.3 g ~ Protein 4.5 g

Marinara sauce is a popular, robust Italian sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and herbs.  A lot of times you will hear this sauce called “gravy.”  Marinara sauce is usually a little spicier than other standard tomato sauces due to the amount of garlic & a little crushed red pepper.  This sauce is easy to prepare but needs to cook for about 3 hrs.  It is versatile and can be used in various Italian dishes, you can also transform marinara into a fantastic cream sauce (vodka sauce w/o the vodka).  Once you make a big batch, store it in the freezer.  Beware…..once you make your own sauce,  you will no longer enjoy the jarred stuff.

 

 

 

 

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce

Makes 5 servings of 1 cup each. Nutrition per cup: Weight Watchers Points + 2 ~ Calories 115.6 ~ Fat 2.4 g ~ Carbs 21.7 g ~ Fiber 6.3 g ~ Protein 4.5 g

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Onion; chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic slivered
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • a few dashes of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (tutterosa)
  • 1 28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 large basil leaves

Instructions

  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat add EVOO, onions, garlic & crushed red pepper.
  2. Saute until onions are tender
  3. Add both cans of tomatoes, salt & basil.
  4. Mix to combine, “mash” the large chunks of tomatoes with a wooden spoon/spatula; leave enough chunks for a “chunky” style marinara sauce.
  5. Bring to boil and cover.
  6. Once covered; turn heat to low and simmer for 3-4 hrs. (the longer it cooks the sweeter & richer it tastes)
  7. Stir occasionally when cooking. (every 20-30 min)
  8. Serve or Store for later 🙂
  9. If you feel that your marinara needs a little more flavor: Add Italian seasoning to your taste
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