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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Yields5 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 10 mins

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.

 1 Medium onion, chopped
 6 Cloves garlic, slivered
 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
 2 tsp Salt
 28 oz Cans crushed tomatoes
 28 oz San Marzano tomatoes
 3 Large basil leaves
 A few dashed of crushed red pepper flakes

In a large stock pot over medium heat add EVOO, onions, garlic & crushed red pepper.


Saute until onions are tender


Add both cans of tomatoes, salt & basil.


Mix to combine, “mash” the large chunks of tomatoes with a wooden spoon/spatula; leave enough chunks for a “chunky” style marinara sauce.


Bring to boil and cover.


Once covered; turn heat to low and simmer for 3-4 hrs. (the longer it cooks the sweeter & richer it tastes)


Stir occasionally when cooking. (every 20-30 min)


Serve or Store for later


If you feel that your marinara needs a little more flavor: Add Italian seasoning to your taste

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 115.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2.4g4%
Total Carbohydrate 21.7g8%

Dietary Fiber 6.3g26%
Protein 4.5g9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.