Whole30 Marinara Sauce

When I get home from work tomorrow morning I will start a pot of “gravy”/marinara sauce.  Here’s the recipe I am going to follow which can be found here.

Marinara Sauce
A delicious marinara sauce that is perfect for spaghetti or homemade pizza! If you like to prep meals ahead of time, this sauce is perfect to make and freeze!
  • 1 Can (28 oz.) Crushed Tomatoes (For a chunkier sauce, use Diced Tomatoes- or fresh if in season!)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (can substitute with Coconut or Avocado Oil)
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. Salt, coarse
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried Parsley)
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Oregano, chopped (or 1/2 tsp. dried Oregano)
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried Basil)
  • 1 Bay Leaf (optional if you want a milder taste)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (*exclude for Whole30 compliance)
  • Meat Marinara Sauce
  • * To make this sauce into a meat marinara sauce, you’ll also need the following:
  • 1- 8oz. can Crushed Tomatoes (set aside for the end)
  • 1/2 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 lb. lean Grass-fed Beef
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Pepper
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil (olive, coconut or avocado) over medium heat. Add the onion and saute appx. 5 minutes, stirring very frequently, until onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, and mined garlic and saute for another 3-5 minutes. The onions should be caramelized and sweetened at this point.
  3. Then add the can of tomatoes, parsley, oregano, basil and bay leaf. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once sauce has cooked, remove the bay leaf. Then stir in the sugar (skip this step for Whole30 compliance).
  5. Taste the sauce and add more spices as needed. I usually throw in more fresh basil after the sauce has cooked. *(For a spicier sauce you can increase the black pepper, or for a real kick add red pepper flakes… but beware it only takes a few red pepper flakes to make it hot!!)
Cooking the Meat
  1. In another large skillet, saute onion until translucent. Add the beef.
  2. Once meat is browned, add minced garlic cloves and cook a few more minutes.
  3. Add the seasonings/spices and cook until meat is fully cooked.
  4. Scrape meat mixture into the Marinara Sauce.
  5. De-glaze meat pan by adding a little bit (~1/4 Cup) water to the pan, lifting up the juices and flavors cooked into the pan. Pour this mixture into the marinara sauce.
  6. Add the 8oz. can of tomato sauce.
  7. Taste it! Add more salt, pepper, seasoning if needed.

This is served for me, on Whole30 with meatballs – no noodles as I  have eliminated carbs, sugar, and dairy from my diet.  It’s soooo delicious.  Some people even serve it over spaghetti squash or add chunks of zucchini.




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