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Easy, healthy marinara sauce


  • 2 8 oz cans crushed or whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Add the shallot, garlic, and olive oil to a non-stick pot and sauté until cooked through (about 3-4 minutes) over medium heat.
  • Next add in the spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried basil & oregano) & cherry tomatoes, stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the whole tomatoes, using their juice to deglaze the pot.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, then bring the pot to a boil
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for around 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Remove the bay leaf*
  • Using a wooden spoon or hand mixer, break down the tomatoes to have a smooth and uniform sauce (unless you like it chunky, which is great, too!).
  • Allow to simmer on low for another 30 minutes (or as long as you can) before serving.