Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe {Low Calorie}

You can make this Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe in the Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stove Top!

In this recipe for marinara sauce you’ll find all three directions, plus a traditional Italian marinara recipe from an actual Italian person!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

I make this homemade marinara sauce easy by including directions to cook it fast in the Instant Pot, slow in the Crockpot, or traditionally on the stove top.

My family brought these recipes for marinara sauce with them when they moved from Sicily to America… And now you can make a truly traditional homemade marinara sauce recipe!

This low calorie marinara homemade sauce it a traditional Italian Marinara Sauce Recipe… Brought over on the boat from Italy from my great grandmother.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

In this article I will supply you with three recipes for marinara sauce. You can make it on the stove top, in the crockpot, and in just 30 minutes if you make it in the Instant Pot!

This homemade marinara recipe sauce was brought to America by my great grandmother… My first generation Italian-American mother taught me how to make it, and I took it to the next level by making it in the slow cooker and instant pot.

Here’s what you’ll find in this article:

  • Marinara Sauce Ingredients (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Marinara Sauce
  • Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe (recipe card!)
  • More Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipes

In this article for marinara homemade sauce I’ll show you 3 ways to make this traditional recipe. See the printable recipe card, or the How to Make Marinara Sauce section for directions.

Everything you need to make marinara sauce is below… Including a shopping list and printable recipe card!

Marinara Sauce Ingredients

Admittedly, I am a snob when it comes to marinara sauce! I never buy the jarred stuff, it’s just so easy to make marinara sauce homemade… Plus the store-bought stuff has loads of sugar, and often is packed with preservatives.

In this section we will discuss what is marinara sauce made of, in the shopping list below.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

I recommend taking a screen shot on your phone of the shopping list below. It helps make this easy recipe marinara sauce even easier!

Marinara Sauce Shopping list:

  • Olive oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

I like to stock up on canned tomatoes for sauce when they are on sale… They hold in the pantry, and this way I’m always ready to make this homemade marinara sauce recipe.

Don’t let the sugar throw you off… You only add a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) for 10 servings!

How to Make Marinara Sauce

In this section I will share 3 homemade marinara recipes, so you can make this recipe on the stove top, Instant Pot or Crockpot!

This sauce marinara recipe goes great on pizza, chicken parmesan, and with meatballs! Recipes for all three can be found below!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

In the recipe card below I have combined all 3 ways to make this homemade marinara sauce recipe… But if you are looking quick directions on how to make marinara sauce, see below.

How to Make Marinara Sauce:

MARINARA STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, 1 cup water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and salt. Cook over low heat for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to avoid burning.

MARINARA INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the oil and onion in an Instant Pot. Set the pot to sauté on medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then hit cancel.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and salt to the pot, cover, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

MARINARA SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer the onion and garlic to a slow cooker and add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and the salt. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 to 12 hours.

These homemade marinara sauce recipes can also be found in my new cookbook Easy Dinners. In that recipe I include fresh basil, and show you how to use the homemade marinara recipe in more recipes… Including a low calorie Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

This pasta sauce marinara can be made 3 ways… In the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or on the stove top.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

My homemade marinara sauce recipe can be made in the Instant Pot, Crockpot, or on the stove top… Directions and even a video supplied below!

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe {Low Calorie}

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This easy Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe can be made three ways (Stove Top, Slow Cooker, and Instant Pot). Directions for all three methods can be found below!
This recipe for marinara sauce is low calories and delicious! And a traditional marinara sauce from an actual Italian woman! This recipe came over the boat from Italy with my family, and I have modified it to be made 3 different ways.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 65 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion minced
  • 8 garlic cloves minced
  • 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions
 

STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, 1 cup water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and salt. Cook over low heat for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to avoid burning.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Combine the oil and onion in an Instant Pot. Set the pot to sauté on medium heat and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes, then hit cancel.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and salt to the pot, cover, and cook on high pressure for 30 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally.

SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Transfer the onion and garlic to a slow cooker and add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, Italian Seasoning, sugar, and the salt. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 to 12 hours.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3.3gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 392mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 8.9gCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Main Course, sauce
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Final Thoughts

This recipe for marinara sauce has been passed down for generations. My great grandmother brought the recipe to America with her from Sicily… With my grandmother and her siblings.

My first generation Italian-American mother showed me how to make it from memory… I was the first person in the family to actually write down the recipe.

This traditional marinara sauce recipe has graced every cookbook I have written… Each time I make it slightly different. This method is the most traditional version. But if you want to use fresh basil from the garden, check out Easy Dinners.

To make it in the Instant Pot along with more instant pot recipes, check out Lose Weight with Your Instant Pot. And if you want to make it from scratch without any canned tomatoes, Detox Week has the recipe you are looking for.

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