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Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe
September 11, 2013 | Home >Healthy Kids >Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe

Freezer cooking is definitely convenient, and it is great to have a one dish meal in your freezer that you can just pull out and stick in your oven.  But it is also really great to have components of a meal frozen so that you can add other fresh ingredients but save yourself a bunch of time with the main part of the meal.  Homemade marinara sauce has got to be one of the yummiest, most versatile of foods right?  The thing with a good marinara sauce though is that it has to simmer for a long time to let the flavors blend and really become delicious.  This is what makes it a perfect freezer food.  When you have some extra time (yeah right, what is that??) then you can whip up a big double batch of this and freeze it for later.  I love this sauce because you can pack in the veggies making it chuck full of nutrients, but it is blended and so it helps with texture issues kids might have.   This also gives it a lot of flavor and depth.  Yum.

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

This Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe can be used for so many different meals!  Some of our favorites:

Spinach Calzones

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Baked Spaghetti Pie

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

This sauce does need to simmer for a while, but the actual hands-on time really isn’t too bad at all!  When I made this sauce I was also canning peaches at the same time……..lets just say my kitchen was a bit of a disaster.  But what I’m telling you is that you will have no problems whipping this up!

Begin with your veggies.  I used onion, garlic, green bell pepper and red bell pepper.  I was also going to add some carrot because I like the sweetness it provides, but I totally spaced it.  Saute your veggies until they are tender.

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Next combine your sauteed veggies with 1 can crushed tomatoes in your food processor.  If you like your sauce super chunky you can skip this step, but it will make it thick and some kids don’t like chunky veggies in their marinara sauce.

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Throw in a handful of fresh basil.

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas. Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Pour your sauce into a pot and combine with the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer on low for 1 hour.  Then remove your sauce from the heat and let it cool.  This step can take a while!  I like to freeze my sauces and soups in ziplock bags because they flatten and take up way less space in your freezer!  Once your sauce has cool, pour into bags.  You will want to remove as much air as possible from your bags. Label and date the bag.

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce. Freeze this veggie packed, kid friendly sauce for faster meal ideas.

Then place in your freezer – this should stay good for up to 3 months.  Then when you want to use your sauce, place it in the fridge the day before you want to use it to thaw.  You will then have delicious homemade marinara sauce to use on so many different meals!

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Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe

Freezer Friendly Fresh Marinara Sauce Recipe
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 medium – onion
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, green
  • 1 medium – bell pepper, red
  • 4 clove – garlic
  • 1 tablespoon – olive oil
  • 14 ounce – crushed tomatoes, canned
  • 1 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon – black pepper, ground
  • 1 teaspoon – oregano, dried
  • 1 teaspoon – Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon – thyme, dried
  • 2 medium – bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon – brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon – vinegar, balsamic
  • 1/4 cup – cooking wine, white
  • 1 cup – chicken broth, low-sodium

Directions

  1. Chop onion and bell peppers; mince garlic.
  2. Saute veggies in olive oil until tender.
  3. Combine with 1 can crushed tomatoes in a food processor. Pulse until well blended.
  4. Pour into a large stockpot and combine with the remaining ingredients.
  5. Simmer on low for 1 hour.
  6. Place in freezer bags removing air, and lay flat.
  7. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 134 7%
  • Fat: 4 g 6%
  • Carb: 22 g 7%
  • Fiber: 4 g 16%
  • Protein: 4 g 8%
  • Sugar: 8 g
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Natalie Monson

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Comments(17)
Kevin Farley says:

What a great way to save time and money! Thanks for sharing

Erika says:

It’s tomato harvest time, how can I make this with fresh tomatoes instead of canned crushed tomatoes?

Natalie says:

I’m glad you asked! I love to make mine with fresh tomatoes when they are available. To substitute fresh tomatoes for canned, you will need about 6-8 medium tomatoes for each 14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes.

Sara says:

This is an amazing tip! I always add a teaspoon of garlic to my sauces to keep them naturally fresh and aromatic!

Phil says:

That’s a great way to make use of the tomatoes I’ve got at home, rather than just making boring old tomato sauce! Clever idea with storing them in ziplock bags, I’ve always just used the big yogurt containers.

Cheryl says:

Hey – thanks for the great recipe. For the fresh tomatoes, do you just chop them and throw them in the blender or do you blanch and remove skins first? Do you cook longer?

Natalie says:

Cheryl –

I have done both ways, and usually just throw them in with the skins on. You will probably need to simmer a bit longer because fresh tomatoes seem to have a higher water content. I would just simmer until it is thickened to your preferred consistency. Good luck!

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jessica says:

Just wondering how much this would make? I like to bag all mine up to equal quantities….OCD I know Thanxs

Amy says:

Good question Jessica- It seems like I fill two gallon size bags with it, but I’ve never measure how much is going in. I will next time!

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Shannon says:

The recipe says 5 can of tomatoes but then the directions read add one can?

Amy says:

The remaining cans of tomatoes (along with the rest of the ingredients) are just mixed in- rather than pulsed in the food processor.

Nikki says:

Can I just leave the wine out, or can I sub something else? I don’t think I have any and don’t want to buy some just for this if possible.

Yvonne says:

I make my own sauce very similar to this, but I add 2 grated carrots and a grated zucchini as well. They get blended so the kids never notice 🙂

Natalie Monson says:

Yum!!

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