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About six months ago I started educating myself about the “stuff” that is in processed foods. Mainly, high fructose corn syrup. I am not going to get into why it is bad for you. What I will say that with hypothyroidism, it is best to stay away from it as much as you can. I can’t say I have cut it out of my diet 100%, but I have started making more food from scratch to limit the amount we consume.
When I started checking food labels in the grocery store, I was surprised to find that a lot of foods have it listed as one of the first five ingredients. I was really surprised when I picked up my favorite pasta sauce and it was the first ingredient! Since then, I have searched for a great tasting, easy marinara to make. I have an awesome sausage sauce, but that is time-consuming so I usually make a giant batch around Christmas and freeze it. I really needed a quick, easy marinara sauce to have in my recipe binder.
I found a recipe here that looked good. And I had everything I needed on hand – Yay!!! I have seen a lot of marinara’s that have wine in it. Not sure if I want to go that route yet. The simpler, the better to me!
I got out my saucepan and heated up my olive oil. Then I added the garlic (I use Spice World Squeezable Minced Garlic). I cooked until golden. Then I added my crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper,bay leaf, and a dash of sugar (I was always told to add one so I did). I covered it and let it work it’s magic. Once it simmered for 20 minutes, I added basil (I used dried even though it said fresh).
Here is the result!
All in all, a delicious, easy marinara that is good for pasta, appetizers, anything!
What is your favorite go-to recipe for marinara?
Quick & Easy Marinara Sauce
Number of servings: 6
Per Serving 53 calories
Fat 1 g
Carbs 11 g
Protein 2 g
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, smashed
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small bay leaf
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- salt and fresh pepper to taste
- In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, being careful not to burn.
- Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf.
- Stir and reduce heat to low.
- Cover and let simmer about 15 - 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add fresh basil.