Everyone needs a good, homemade marinara recipe for those nights when a big bowl of pasta sounds amazing. This quick and easy marinara recipe really couldn’t be simpler and it won’t even compare to the kind you get in the jar at the store.
If you’re low carb, paleo, or keto, you know that traditional pasta is off the table – literally. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have any other options. Zucchini noodles are an old favorite. Check out this old recipe here for more on zoodles!
Marinara doesn’t have to be just for pasta or zoodles though. If you’re into meatballs, this recipe makes a great accompaniment. Meatloaf, as well. I even paired this with our crunchy chicken tenders one time.
And if you’re not paleo, load up that plate of pasta or even mozzarella sticks with this marinara and you won’t be disappointed!
You’ll want a large heavy pot for this recipe. Some really high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar will take this up a notch as well (but obviously, an expensive brand is not required.) This recipe calls for 3 garlic cloves – but let’s’ be honest…I used closer to 6. Because garlic is the bomb.
Cook your onion and garlic in the pot until softened and then add in your tomatoes and herbs. You want to let this simmer for a good, long while. About 45-55 minutes should do the trick. You’re looking for the tomatoes to break down.
Once that’s happened, you can add in your vinegar and puree in a food processor if you want a smoother sauce. Personally, I like mine chunky so I leave it be. But you do you.
Like I said, there are so many ways to eat this delicious marinara. What’s your go-to way?
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Quick and Easy Marinara
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 28- ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Heat the oil in a large heavy pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add the tomatoes and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 45-55 minutes until tomatoes are broken down.
Add the vinegar and puree the sauce if you want a smooth sauce; otherwise serve as is.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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