Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce

 

Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce for any Italian inspired dish. Packed with fresh flavors and ready to eat in twenty minutes. Freezer friendly and all natural with no preservatives! Weight Watcher friendly (2 SmartPoints).

Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce for any Italian inspired dish. Packed with fresh flavors and ready to eat in twenty minutes. Freezer friendly and all natural with no preservatives! Weight Watcher friendly (2 SmartPoints).

 

There’s something special about a big bowl of pasta on a rainy day that puts a smile on my face, especially a bowl that has extra sauce.  I crave the taste of tomato sauce at least once a week and try to find ways to use it in recipes.  For years I bought jarred marinara sauce and always found myself adding more spices or herbs to the sauce.  Finally it dawned on me… I should start making my own!  My Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce for any Italian inspired dish.  Packed with fresh flavors and cooked in twenty minutes.  Freezer friendly and all natural with no preservatives!  This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and half a cup is 2 SmartPoints!

 

Don’t get me wrong, I use canned goods and shortcuts on recipes when I am in a rush to get dinner made, but after I made this marinara sauce a few times, I will never buy jarred marinara sauce again.  The reason why I won’t buy jarred sauce anymore is because this sauce has more flavor and it doesn’t have any preservatives unlike jarred sauce.  Another bonus is that this sauce is freezer friendly!  I like to make a big batch of this sauce and freeze it so that I have sauce available to me at all times! 

 

The name says it all… it takes TWENTY MINUTES!!!  Not only does this sauce only take twenty minutes to make, it is also easy!  Just saute minced onion and garlic for 5 minutes, then add canned whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.  Bring the sauce to a boil then cover, reduce heat to simmer, and let cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender or transfer to a blender and blend until your desired smoothness.  Top with fresh basil and that’s it!!  If you want to freeze the sauce, let the sauce cool completely, pour into ice cube trays and freeze.  Once the cubes are frozen, remove from the tray and transfer to a zip lock bag.  When you are ready for the sauce, just remove however many cubes you want from the freezer and you are all set with delicious, zero preservative sauce!

 

There are so many different uses for this sauce!  Use it for a quick weeknight pizza, quick spaghetti, dipping sauce for an appetizer, or for lasagnaTwenty Minute Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce for any Italian inspired dish.  Packed with fresh flavors and ready to eat in twenty minutes.  Freezer friendly and all natural with no preservatives! 

 

Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce is the perfect sauce for any Italian inspired dish. Packed with fresh flavors and ready to eat in twenty minutes. Freezer friendly and all natural with no preservatives! Weight Watcher friendly (2 SmartPoints).

   

 

I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!

 

For Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials:

 

Serves 4 Cups, 1/2 Cup Per Serving

Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce

2 SMARTPOINTS per serving

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • ¼ Large White Onion
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 8oz Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 28oz Canned Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 4 Leaves of Fresh Basil

Instructions

  1. Dice onion and set aside.
  2. Dice garlic and set aside.
  3. Heat large pot over medium low heat and add oil.
  4. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes until onion is translucent.
  5. Add garlic and sauce for 1 minute.
  6. Add canned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, and salt & pepper.
  7. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer.
  8. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  9. Using an immersion blender, blend sauce to break up tomatoes and onion for 2 minutes. If you do not have an immersion blender, transfer liquid to blender and blend.
  10. Blend sauce until desired smoothness.
  11. Add fresh basil with sauce and serve or freeze.

Notes

This sauce is freezer friendly. Once sauce has cooled completely, pour sauce into ice cube trays and freeze. Once cubes have completely frozen, remove from ice cube trays, transfer to a zip lock freezer bag, and freeze. Remove frozen cubes from freezer when you are ready to cook!

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/2 Cup
Servings Per Container 4 Cups

Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 16.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.8g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.2g 1%
Trans Fat g
Cholesterol mg 0%
Sodium mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6%
Sugars 4.3g
Protein 1.4g 3%

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

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