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Basic marinara sauce

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Serves:
8
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1/2 cup
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Ingredients

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 28-ounce or 2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes (or 4 cups fresh, chopped)

1 6-ounce can tomato paste

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 bay leaf

1-2 teaspoons dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Water as needed to thin the sauce

Directions

Directions

  1. In a large pan on the stovetop, sauté onion and garlic in oil until translucent.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, bay leaf, salt, and pepper to the pan.
  3. Let simmer for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend. Stir occasionally.
Tips and Variations
Tips and Variations
  • Use marinara sauce with pasta, as pizza sauce, in Italian style soup, or in baked dishes.
  • Use fresh tomatoes in season for lower sodium and a fresher flavor.
  • Refrigerate leftover sauce for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze sauce in 1-quart freezer bags. Thaw in warm water for 10 minutes before using.
Nutritional Info

Nutritional Info

Serves 8
Amount per serving
Calories
52
Total Fat
0.7 g
Saturated Fat
0.1 g
Cholesterol
0 mg
Sodium
423 mg
Total Carbohydrates
11 g
Dietary Fiber
2.9 g
Total Sugar
5.7 g
Protein
2 g
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Time to make
Time to make:
20 minutes preparation; 20 minutes cook time
Recipe Credit
Recipe Credit:
University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development
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Category:
Main Dishes
Special Criteria
Special Criteria:
Vegetarian

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