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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Project 365 Day 68 - Marinara

A good day for cooking.....
Today is overcast and chilly....a good day to make a big pot of multipurpose Marinara Sauce. Here are the ingredients.

The recipe came from Cooking Light Magazine a few years ago. It's great for any pasta dishes, chicken dishes, or even pizza. Also good for a dipping sauce for bread or crudites and as a spread on a meatball sandwich or burger with provolone cheese.
The best thing about this marinara is it's low fat and low calories. And for Weight Watchers, it's 100% Core with no points.
Basic Marinara
Use a large Dutch oven or stockpot. Recipe yields 12 cups. Cook at low simmer - just a few bubbles every few seconds will yield the deepest taste.
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onion (3 med.)
  • 1 T Splenda
  • 3 T minced garlic (6 cloves)
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 1 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 t fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups fat/free less-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 (28-oz) cans (no-salt added, opt.) crushed tomatoes

Heat oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add splenda and next 7 ingredients (thru fennel seeds); cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vinegar; cook 30 seconds. Add broth and tomatoes; bring to simmer. Cook over low heat for 55 minutes or until sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Yield: about 12 cups (serving size: 1/2 cup).

Calories 50; Fat 1.8 g; protein 1.3 g; Carb 8g; Fiber 2.1g. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze up to 4 months.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I end up using Prego because my husband likes it more than any homemade I've made. I see that there is Splenda in this recipe - is it a sweeter Marinara? My husband likes the sweetness of Prego.

I might try this one...all he can do is say....Where's my Prego. :>)