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Serves 10

Medically reviewed on Apr 23, 2018

Dietitian Tip

Use this homemade marinara for spaghetti, lasagna, pita pizza, chicken Parmesan and meatball subs. The red wine can be omitted, if desired.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 5 cups no-salt-added crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once the pan becomes hot, add the onion. Stir continuously for about 2 minutes. Add garlic; stir for 1 minute. Add wine and let mixture reduce by half. Add remaining ingredients. Stir and let simmer on very low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving Size1/2 cup
Carbohydrate10 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Fiber2 g
Protein2 g
Sodium274 mg
Monounsaturated Fat0 g
Saturated Fat0 g
Total Fat1 g

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