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Marinara Sauce

M A K E S  4 ½  C U P S

This easy, yet flavorful marinara sauce is perfect with spaghetti or lasagna. Freeze leftover sauce in meal-size quantities and thaw in the microwave for a quick meal.

1 can (24 ounces) tomato juice

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

1⁄8 cup chopped fresh basil or 1 tablespoon dried

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoon dried

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried

2 teaspoons finely snipped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried, crushed

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1 bay leaf

2 tablespoons grated Romano cheese or soy alternative, such as Soyco (optional)


In a slow cooker, whisk together all of ingredients. Mix well. Cook 6 to 8 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally. Or combine all ingredients in a medium-size, heavy saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, 30 to 45 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving.

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