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Easy Low Sodium Marinara Sauce

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There's nothing like a good, hot marinara sauce over pasta. It was a staple in my household growing up. Almost every Sunday night you could expect a dish of pasta with my moms homemade tomato sauce. She made the same sauce every weekend for years and years. After going to school for culinary arts and finding out that tomato sauce was considered a "mother sauce" in cooking, I fell even more in love with marinara sauce, and sauces in general. This low sodium marinara sauce recipe is easy to make, and tastes great. I normally double, or even triple the recipe and freeze the rest for a day I don't feel like cooking dinner. Simply pull the sauce out of the freezer in the morning, and heat it up in a sauce pot at night. I do like to add some salt to this recipe because it helps with the acidity of the tomatoes a bit, but you're more than welcome to make this a salt-free tomato sauce by removing the salt all together. Let me know it tastes in the comments below!

Yields6 ServingsPrep Time10 minsCook Time3 hrsTotal Time3 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
 ½ Onion, small diced
 7 Garlic cloves, minced
 ¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
 ½ tsp Dried oregano
 ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Without Salt Added = 12mg Sodium/Serving

Directions
1

In a shallow sauce pot over medium heat, heat the oil. When the oil becomes hot, add the onions and red pepper flakes. Cook onions 3-4 minutes (or until they begin to become translucent), occasionally stirring.

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2

Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

3

Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot. Fill up the can with water and slosh it around to get the remaining tomato juices. Add water to pot.

4

Add oregano and salt. Simmer on medium-low for 30-45 minutes (or until desired thickness), occasionally stirring. I like to cover my sauce pot

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5

Towards the end of the simmering process, add your fresh basil sprig. Submerge the sprig of basil so it's fully inside the sauce releasing its wonderful flavors. Let the basil hang out for about 10 minutes.

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6

Optional Step: I like to use a stick blender to make my sauce a bit smoother at the end. This is an optional step.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/2

Servings 6


Amount Per Serving
Calories 89
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat .9g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 105mg5%
Potassium 313mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 6.6g3%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g7%
Sugars 3.75g
Protein 1.41g3%

Vitamin A 19%
Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 21%
Iron 6%
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin E 16%
Vitamin K 8%
Vitamin B6 10%
Vitamin B12 0%
Phosphorus 5%
Magnesium 16%
Zinc 3%
Copper 14%
Manganese 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Ingredients

Ingredients
 ½ Onion, small diced
 7 Garlic cloves, minced
 ¼ cup Extra-virgin olive oil
 ½ tsp Dried oregano
 ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
 Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

Directions
1

In a shallow sauce pot over medium heat, heat the oil. When the oil becomes hot, add the onions and red pepper flakes. Cook onions 3-4 minutes (or until they begin to become translucent), occasionally stirring.

Click for 3 Minute Timer

2

Add minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.

3

Add the crushed tomatoes to the pot. Fill up the can with water and slosh it around to get the remaining tomato juices. Add water to pot.

4

Add oregano and salt. Simmer on medium-low for 30-45 minutes (or until desired thickness), occasionally stirring. I like to cover my sauce pot

Click for 30 Minute Timer

5

Towards the end of the simmering process, add your fresh basil sprig. Submerge the sprig of basil so it's fully inside the sauce releasing its wonderful flavors. Let the basil hang out for about 10 minutes.

Click for 10 Minute Timer

6

Optional Step: I like to use a stick blender to make my sauce a bit smoother at the end. This is an optional step.

Easy Low Sodium Marinara Sauce

2 thoughts on “Easy Low Sodium Marinara Sauce”

    • Hey! Sorry about that. With 1/4 tsp of added salt the sodium per serving goes from 12mg to 105mg. I’ve changed the recipe to display this. I also added a small blurb that states how much sodium is in the recipe if you don’t add salt. Although, the salt really makes this recipe great.

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