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simple marinara

Simple Marinara

Lisa Kamolnick / Food Passages
Simple Marinara was birthed as a vegetarian and gluten free dietary option for an Italian dish. If fresh tomatoes are used it contains no added sodium. It pairs well with spaghetti squash.
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 38 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 cups


  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • Two cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ yellow onion diced
  • ¼ C diced sweet peppers
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp brown sugar dark or light


  • Cover bottom of cooking pan lightly with olive oil and heat to medium.
  • Mince garlic, dice onion and peppers and place in pan.
  • Sauté until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and brown sugar. Stir well.
  • Reduce heat to low and cover, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    Simple Marinara
  • Remove lid and mash tomatoes with a ricer. Stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve.


Serving Suggestions
Serve over spaghetti squash or pasta alone or add shrimp, baked chicken, or Italian sausage (including plant-based proteins). Pairs well with side salads and garlic bread. Excellent topped with a fried egg (or two).
Keyword gluten free, marinara, non-vegetarian option, tomato, vegetarian