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Low Sodium Marinara Sauce

  • Author: Mortadella Head
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 lb 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Units Scale

1 lb of fresh plum tomatoes.

34 cloves of fresh garlic cloves, sliced (garlic powder works too, but isn’t as fresh)

1/2 of a large fresh onion, diced

3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

45 leaves of fresh basil and other fresh herbs

A dash of red wine, optional

Salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper


  1. Boil salted water on the stove in a large pot.
  2. Now wash the tomatoes. With the tip of your knife, pop out the little part where the stem was. Cut a little “X” in the bottom of the tomato.
  3. Place your tomatoes in the boiling water for about 10 minutes. Take them out and let them cool off.
  4. Peel the skin off of the tomatoes. That little “X” you cut on the button makes it easy.
  5. Cut the peeled tomatoes in half and scoop out some of the seeds. Get as many as you can.
  6. Place the tomatoes in a blender or food processor and puree them.
  7. Heat some olive oil in a skillet on low heat. Add your sausages, sliced garlic and diced onion. Let them cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent, and sausage is brown on both sides. At the end, add your dash of red wine if you decide to add it.
  8. Pour in your tomatoes from the blender and bring it to a boil on high heat. When it starts to boil, turn it down to medium heat and let it simmer.
  9. Add some salt and pepper and let it simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so and taking the olive oil off of the top of the sauce.
  10. Enjoy your favorite pasta dishes with the best low-sodium pasta sauces you will ever eat!


If you don’t want to spend much time on the stove, you can use the same ingredients for our quick fresh tomato sauce recipe. Use it to dress some spaghetti, it will be delicious!

DISCLAIMER: The nutritional values indicated below have been generated with an online tool. If you need them for medical reasons, we recommend double-checking with your own tools or doctors.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Cooked
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 lb
  • Calories: 481
  • Sugar: 18.5 g
  • Sodium: 216 mg
  • Fat: 43 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.8 g
  • Fiber: 5.3 g
  • Protein: 6.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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