Italian Style Meatless Marinara Sauce

Meatless Italian Style Homemade Marinara Vegetarian Gluten free #myvegetarianfamily

 

Marinara sauce was a weekend tradition in my house growing up.  We spent a lot of time tending the tomato garden, picking, cooking, and preserving tomatoes to make the perfect sauce.  This recipe is an old tradition for my family and has been modified over the generations but the basics still stick.  No need to add meat for flavor … you get that right from the garlic, onion, and herbs.  This version of the recipe calls for canned tomatoes to cut the cooking time (and the work) for all the busy family schedules but feel free to use fresh tomatoes and herbs instead. Make a big batch and freeze it to use another night.  No more expensive jarred sauce with too many ingredients you don’t even need!

It is so satisfying to prepare something with your own kitchen with ingredients you have on hand, something that would always come out of a jar and you just knew there was a better way, here it is!

What do you do with it now? Add cooked veggies, make a pizza, bake in a casserole, lots of possibilities!

Easy … simple ingredients … classic tradition … Italian style … meatless … versatile … vegetarian … gluten free …

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Italian Style Meatless Marinara Sauce
Homemade marinara sauce recipe for making this classic Italian sauce in your very own kitchen. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers.
Meatless Italian Style Marinara Sauce Vegetarian Gluten Free Homemade #myvegetarianfamily
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Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 cloves Fresh Garlic sliced
  • 1 large Onion chopped small
  • 1 tbsp OliveOil
  • 1 tsp Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil or one large fresh sprig
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 dried Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes to taste, increase if spicy sauce is desired
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
cups
Ingredients
  • 28 oz Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 cloves Fresh Garlic sliced
  • 1 large Onion chopped small
  • 1 tbsp OliveOil
  • 1 tsp Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil or one large fresh sprig
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 dried Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes to taste, increase if spicy sauce is desired
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Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium-high heat
  2. Add onions and saute for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned being careful not to burn them
  3. Add garlic and continue to saute for 1 more minute
  4. Optional: If you desire a smoother consistency sauce (no chunks of tomatoes) pulse tomatoes in a blender 5 times or use a hand blender being careful not to blend too much. I omit this step.
  5. Add tomatoes and dried herbs. Any combination of dried herbs will do: basil, oregano, rosemary, or dried Italian seasoning mix (should all add up to a total of 1 1/2 tbsp of dried herb). Cook for approximately 45 minutes on medium-low heat stirring often. You know your sauce is done when it thickens.
  6. Taste spice levels, add salt, pepper, or basil for additional flavor if desired at this point. Add a tsp of sugar to balance any bitterness if that is your desired taste. Add crushed red pepper to increase level of spice. Remove bay leaf prior to serving.
Recipe Notes

*Note*

  • Can substitute 5 pounds of fresh tomatoes with their juices but may need to increase cook time and 1 tsp sugar.
  • Using dried herbs is best for this slow-cooking recipe to maintain the flavor of the herbs.
  • Freeze leftovers in mason jars or other sealed glass containers until ready to use.  Can keep in refrigerator up to 7 days.
  • Cooking in a skillet or shallow pan vs a deep pot allows for water to boil off quicker and tomatoes to soak up the flavors of the herbs better.
  • Recipe from my grandmother ... thanks Angelina ...

 

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2 comments

  1. Robert

    I made this tonight and I loved the flavor. First time having Beyond Meat. Nice homemade sauce. I did add some red pepper flakes

    1. Tara

      Thank you, Robert! Beyond Meat is also new to our family but we are enjoying trying out new recipes with it.

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