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Marinara Sauce

You Will Need

1 cans diced tomatoes (un-drained)
1 cans tomato paste
1 cups of water
3/4  tsp Italian Seasoning
1/2 TS Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Basil
2 tsp Garlic Parmesan Seasoning 

1/2 TBSP Minced Garlic)
1/2 TBS Dried Onion Flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Makes 3 cups (recipe can be doubled)


Marinara Sauce is a simple tomato sauce with very few ingredients.  Generally tomatoes, aromatics (onion/garlic) and some seasonings. It is amazing on pasta, home made pizzas,  served as a dipping sauce for garlic or cheese bread, Our Chicken Parmesan or use as a replacement for jarred sauces

Instant Pot- Directions

  1. Pour diced tomatoes into the pot. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the rest of your ingredients. Close and lock the lid. Make sure you are on sealing and not venting. Select Manual function and set the timer for 10 minutes. 

  2. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method. Unlock and remove the lid. Use an immersion blender to puree the sauce.

Stove Top- Directions

  1. In a medium, saucepan, combine the tomatoes (with their juices), add the rest of the ingredients

  2. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to  keep the sauce at a slow, steady simmer for about 25 minutes, Stir occasionally, and use a sturdy wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes against the side of the pot after about 25 minutes has passed.

  3. Remove the pot from the heat  Use the wooden spoon to crush the tomatoes to your liking (you can blend this sauce smooth with an immersion blender or stand blender if desired).

  4. Add salt, to taste (the tomatoes are already pretty salty, so you might just need a pinch). Serve warm. This sauce keeps well, covered and refrigerated, for up to 4 days. Freeze it for up to 6 months.​


Stir everything really well (try to mix in that tomato paste). Secure the lid and cook on low for 4 hours. My slow cooker retains moisture really well so I didn’t need any extra water. but you can add up to 1 cup water if you notice the steam on your crockpot escaping.  

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