Easy Homemade Marinara (Keto/No Sugar Added/Gluten Free)

I have always loved baking, but cooking has never been my strong suit. Up until about a year ago, it was one of my least favorite things to do. The last year I have really tried to cook homemade meals more not just because it’s healthier, but to learn and grow. May sound cheesy, but it’s the truth. I also have made a huge effort to stop buying a lot of processed foods. When we began having tomatoes grow in our garden, I thought what better then to make a homemade pasta sauce that we could use for pasta, pizza, dipping, etc. See, we go through a lot of pasta sauce in our family. I read food labels often and there are so many unnecessary added ingredients in most sauces. I love that when I make my own, I know exactly what is in it.

Now, making pasta sauce is actually fairly easy. I perfected my recipe after about 4 batches and love how it is easily doable in just 30 minutes. I live a Keto lifestyle so I choose to leave out sugar but if you prefer a sweet sauce, you can added a little bit to sweeten up the sauce. The sauce is so versatile so if you want to spice it up, add some hot peppers and simmer on low. The possibilities are honestly endless!

What you need:

•5 cups of peeled organic Roma tomatoes.

•1/4 cup olive oil

•1/2 cup of white onions

•2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning

•Fresh basil leaves

•Fresh parsley

•Salt and pepper

Optional: 1/2 cup of peppers of choice

Instructions:

Step 1: In a large pot or Dutch oven, add peeled organic Roma tomatoes, oil, onions, Italian season, small handful of fresh basil and parsley, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Step 2: Once mixture begins to boil, turn down to low/medium. Let simmer for at least 25-30 minutes. I try to let simmer for 45-60 minutes for optimal flavor.

Step 3: Use a hand blender to purée contents. You can do medium thickness or closer to liquid thickness, it depends on your preference. Add noodles or put on pizza. You can put remaining in jar and save for another day as well!

It took a few batches, but I have fallen in live with this sauce and how easy and healthy it is. Getting organic tomatoes compared to regular seem to make a huge difference in flavor. My whole family loves this sauce and I love how healthy it is. Another win for mom!

Xoxo

Christian

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