Marinara Pasta Sauce

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 80.0
  • Total Fat: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.6 mg
  • Sodium: 355.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 7.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 0.4 g

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A versatile marinara sauce, with some variations A versatile marinara sauce, with some variations
Number of Servings: 4


    white or Vidalia Onion, .5 onion
    Minced garlic, 1 clove
    Butter, salted, 1.5 tbsp, divided
    Kroger Diced tomatoes, 1 14.5oz can, DO NOT DRAIN
    Kroger Tomato Sauce, 1 8oz can
    Fresh Basil, 5 leaves (or to taste)
    Dried oregano leaves, 2 tsp (or to taste)
    Black pepper .5 tsp (or to taste)


Put .5tbsp of butter in a medium saucepan, melt, add onions and garlic and cook until softened, stirring occasionally.

Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, and pepper. When sauce begins to simmer, add the remaining 1tbsp of butter and stir until melted. Allow to simmer approximately 20 minutes or until sauce begins to noticeably thicken.

VARIATIONS: For arrabbiata sauce, add between 1/2tsp and 1tsp of sriracha or 1tsp or red pepper flakes and a dash of paprika. (caloric addition: basically nothing)

If you're willing to have a few more calories, add about 1/4 of half and half or whipping cream and 1/4 cup vodka about five minutes before cooking finishes for a vodka cream sauce.

SERVING IDEAS: I really like to add sauteed green bell peppers and green beans to this dish for serving (usually with whole wheat pasta). If you're not vegetarian, chicken breast or sliced steak are also really good additions. I have had this sauce with leftover NY strip before and it was a really good combination.

Serving Size: Makes approximately 4 half-to-3/4 cup servings

Number of Servings: 4

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user KOALASLOVERAIN.

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