Homemade Marinara Recipe

I recently received a desperate comment on Facebook from a reader who just couldn’t stand my use of (clean) canned tomato sauce a moment longer. This sweet person was kind enough to share their method of making homemade Marinara.

Clean Eating Marinara Recipe

They didn’t give me measurements, but I took the basic idea and rolled with it, adding seasonings and such along the way.

All I can say is THANK YOU to that wonderful person who became so exasperated with me they couldn’t stand it any longer. I had a good giggle and a very yummy dinner when I topped some Zoodles with this delicious sauce. I also added a bit of ground turkey for protein. It was a complete meal, and I’ll definitely be making it again!

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Clean Eating Marinara Recipe

Homemade Marinara Recipe

A delicious homemade sauce that puts store-bought to shame. Note: Do not cook this recipe over high heat. Stick with low to medium. It takes more time but works far better.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2 pints
Calories: 211kcal


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ cup chopped yellow onion
  • 6 medium garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried ground rosemary
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 4 drops pure liquid stevia (or sweetener of choice, to taste)
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes (any type)
  • water (as needed during cooking – add 1 tbsp. at a time)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium to large skillet, warm the oil.
  • Add the onions and garlic and saute over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, basil, rosemary, thyme, vinegar, and stevia (if using) and cook until the tomatoes have "broken down" and you have a chunky marinara. You can add water here as needed if it looks like things are drying out a bit during cooking. This is optional if your tomatoes aren't very juicy.
  • Once the tomatoes are soft and cooked, you can use the sauce chunky (as is), or put it through the blender for a smoother sauce.
  • Store in the fridge.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1pint | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1912IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg

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