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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.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    7 servings


  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 400 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 558mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 7g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 2-1/2 vegetable, 2 fat.

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  • cycleboss
    Aug 22, 2015

    We added ground beef finely reprocessed in kitchen Aide after browning. Excellant

  • greatwithoutgluten
    May 24, 2015

    This was good. The flavor was even better the next day! I love all the fresh ingredients. I actually threw everything in the food processor then straight into the pan and just cooked everything together due to lack of time and it still turned out good.

  • Laves_girl
    Feb 22, 2013

    Delicious! I added about a cup of pureed sweet potato for extra vitamins. My whole family likes it!

  • jojomurph
    Sep 3, 2012

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  • yumdum
    Jul 22, 2012

    Very good but carrot flavor was a little too strong. Next time I would add only 1-2 carrots.

  • Rshipman
    Jul 9, 2012

    Added green and red pepper, then blended. Super super yummy. Worth the effort.