Written by Lindsey Wallace
Part of National Nutrition Month 2014
Have you ever considered how much money is saved by preparing meals from scratch? Want better flavor and be a better saver for your family? Consider preparing your own marinara sauce.
Save yourself from high sodium and mediocre flavor when buying store bought marinara sauces. Venture to make your own from fresh produce from your local grocer or farmers market.
Your marinara will be flavorful and inexpensive compared to store brands. The savings are more than monetary; just 50mg of sodium per serving compared to most store brands of 400mg sodium per serving. Foods low in sodium keeps the heart healthy. Sodium in excess can damage the heart by making the heart work harder to pump blood.
The taste of homemade marinara with fresh ingredients is much more dynamic than store brands. The various herbs, spices, and aromatics are creating the flavor instead of salt. I hope you are up to the adventure of making your own. Enjoy the flavors!
Consider canning your sauce for serving up a quick. Safely canning practices allow you to savor these flavors year round! The recipe below is intended for canning 8 pints of marinara; however the recipe can be adjusted to fit your serving size needs. What’s your favorite meal to serve up your marinara?
Yield: 8 pints
- 1 1/4 cups chopped onions
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1 cup finely chopped carrot
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 8 lbs ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
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American Heart Association (2014, February 19). Sodium (salt). Retrieved from