10-Minute Marinara Sauce

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 | 0 comments

2 TBSP butter or ghee
4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
28 oz package crushed or strained tomatoes
1 cup water
1/2 tsp pure salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
fresh basil or parsley, chopped (as much as you’d like)
1 – 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

  • Warm butter or ghee over medium heat and saute garlic for 1 – 2 mins.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  • Add the water to the empty tomato container, swish it around (to collect the remaining remnants of tomato), and add it to the pot.
  • Simmer for approx 10 mins.
  • Stir in chopped basil, drizzle in the olive oil and serve.

Serves 4.



~ Very basic, very fast! This simple sauce can be used over sauteed vegetables, for a homemade pizza, over pasta, or for something like eggplant/chicken/meatball parmesan.

~ I’d recommend a minimum of 2 TBSP fresh basil (but I use a whole lot more).

 For those with various food restrictions, this recipe falls into the following categories:

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Sugar Free, Grain Free, Vegan, Raw

If eating gluten and/or sugar free, double check the label on your tomatoes.  The only ingredient that should be listed is “tomatoes”!

~  Unfortunately, due to their acidic nature, tomatoes end up leaching undesirables such as BPA right out of the can lining.  There are a few companies working on a new, safer type of can to package their tomatoes, but until then, I’ve been using Pomi brand which are packed in non-toxic tetra boxes. I must admit, I have fallen in love with their fresh flavor and may never look back.  Click HERE for more information on what BPA is and why it’s best avoided.