marinara sauceSay Goodbye to Store Bought Marinara Sauce forever!

You know – that overpriced stuff that is usually nothing but cheap tomato sauce, lots of oil, and salt?  Oh look!  A clove of garlic!  Yeah whatever….

This Marinara Sauce is absolutely divine, completely oil-free,  and so easy to make with common ingredients from your pantry.  And it’s versatile enough to use not just on pasta, but also as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or even as a pizza sauce.

Yeah it’s THAT good.

And the flavor?

Oh man.  Like nothing you’ve ever got out of a jar before.

Let’s just say I made a batch of this the other night and my 18 month old grandson devoured  it.  And he’s a picky eater.



Did I mention fat free?

With hardly any sodium,  and no strange chemicals or preservatives,  you’ll never buy those overpriced jars of store-bought Marinara again.


Absolutely Divine Marinara Sauce

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Serves: 4

A quick and easy sauce that is thick, rich, fat free, low sodium, and has no strange chemicals or preservatives – you’ll never buy those overpriced jars of store-bought Marinara Sauce again.
  • ⅓ cup of chopped Leeks (or Onion)
  • ⅓ cup of chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • ⅓ cup of chopped Mushrooms (canned mushrooms are ok too)
  • 1-2 Garlic Cloves – minced fine
  • 1 can of No Salt Added Chopped Tomatoes (15oz can)
  • 1 can of Fire Roasted Chopped Tomatoes (15oz can)
  • 1 can of Tomato Paste (6oz can)
  • ½ cup of Wine ( I really like Red but White would work too)
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ¼ tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼ tsp ground pepper
  • Salt to taste
  1. Chop all the veggies to a uniform size.
  2. Sauté all the veggies together in a saucepan using a couple of tablespoons of water (or wine) over medium heat just until they soften.
  3. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to combine
  4. Add the wine and brown sugar and stir to combine
  5. Add the remaining seasonings and simmer on low heat for about 30 minutes
  6. If the sauce is too chunky – you can blend a cup or two to get the consistency you like.
If you have a Food Processor it will make a quick chore out of chopping all the veggies.

I used a Sweet Moscato Wine as that’s what I had in my pantry. Any inexpensive white wine will work here.

Since I added the can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes with their juice (and sodium) - I did not add any extra salt.

Feel free to adjust the seasonings to your own individual taste.


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