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 lasagna! 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!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Twenty Minute Marinara Sauce, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: