Marinara Sauce – Fire Roasted

This sauce is light and fresh. It is not a typically sweet, American-style spaghetti sauce.

INGREDIENTS (double recipe):

  • Two 28 ounce cans crushed fire roasted tomatoes (or best quality crushed tomatoes)*
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
    • Cut this in half if your fire roasted tomatoes already contain garlic.
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 16 fresh basil leaves (chopped)


  1. Bring all the ingredients to a simmer in a sauce pan.
  2. Cover and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. We used an immersion blender to smooth about 2/3 of the sauce and leave the other 1/3 chunky. You could also remove a little over half of the sauce and pulse it in a blender or a food processor to make it slightly smoother.


If making spaghetti, boil noodles for 1 or 2 minutes less.  Drain (most) of the liquid.  Add sauce to the noodle mix and return to the stove and stir until the spaghetti noodles are completely done (4 – 5 minutes).  This will flavor the spaghetti noodles with the sauce.

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