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.
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
Serving Size 1 cup
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.