Vegetarian Sauces

Marinara Sauce Recipe

This marinara sauce recipe uses only five ingredients, yet it's delicious. The secret is using the best ingredients, and that includes the type of canned tomatoes that you use. A suggestion: try San Marzano tomatoes. These plum tomatoes are from a town of the same name in Naples and are well known for their sweetness.

Because they don't have a lot of seeds, you don't have to crush the tomatoes to remove them. Just throw the tomatoes in whole and crush them with a fork or potato masher as they cook. If you have an Italian specialty store in your area, they will carry San Marzano or another quality, canned tomato.

The great thing about this simple sauce is you can make a big pot of it and freeze smaller portions. Then you can pull out what you need for a quick pasta dinner, or to use it for recipes like eggplant parmesan.

Once you try this marinara sauce recipe, you'll never buy another can or bottle of ready–made marinara sauce again.

Tomatoes are a great source of antioxidants. Canned tomatoes have two to eight times more lycopene (a potent antioxidant) than fresh tomatoes.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive pil
3 cloves chopped garlic
1/2 small pnion, chopped
1 16-ounce can crushed tomatoes (or can of whole or chopped tomatoes)
2 healthy tablespoons tomato paste
2 basil leaves (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a deep, heavy skillet. Add chopped onion and garlic, and cook on medium–low heat.
  2. When onions and garlic start to brown add the tomato paste. Cook the paste for a minute or two stirring it frequently. It will start to take on a darker color.
  3. Add can of tomatoes, 1/2 can of water, optional basil, salt and pepper, and stir well.
  4. Bring to a simmer, cover, and then for 1/2 to 45 minutes.
  5. Be sure to stir well periodically to prevent the sauce from sticking and burning on the bottom of the pot.

The longer you cook this sauce, the sweeter and thicker it will become. During the cooking process, if the sauce gets too thick for your taste, just add more water as needed. If you know ahead of time that you're going to cook the sauce for a long time, add 3/4 cup of water at the beginning instead of 1/2.

Serving Suggestions: This marinara sauce recipe is perfect for just about any recipe that uses a red sauce. It's also perfect on top of any pasta with some grated cheese. Add a fresh salad and some crusty bread, and you have a great meal.

Guilt–Free Teriyaki Sauce Recipe

This vegetarian version of Teriyaki Sauce is made with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that has some health benefits. It has a low glycemic index and little effect on blood sugar levels.


1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup xylitol (or brown sugar)
2 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch if unavailable
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/4 cups water


  1. Combine soy sauce, xylitol, ginger, garlic, and 1 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl combine arrowroot and 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir well to eliminate any lumps.
  3. Add to soy sauce mixture and stir frequently until sauce has thickened.

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