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Fresh Marinara Sauce

 Fresh Marinara Sauce
My family loves this zesty meatless sauce served over bow tie pasta. When tomatoes and carrots are ripe and plentiful, I double the recipe and store it in the freezer for future use.
7 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours


  • 3 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 15 medium tomatoes (about 6 pounds), peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 7 cups cooked penne or bow tie pasta


  • In a Dutch oven, saute the carrots, onions and garlic in oil until
  • tender. Add tomatoes and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat;
  • simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until thickened and
  • reduced by half, stirring occasionally. Serve with pasta. Yield: 7
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup sauce with 1 cup pasta) equals 400 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 558 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 11 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2-1/2 vegetable, 2 fat.

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Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.