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Homemade Marinara

Published in Recipes, Main Dishes Author: Pritikin ICR

Serves 8 (½ cup serving)


  • 8 large tomatoes or 28 oz. can of no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ¼ cup chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup no-salt-added tomato puree
  • ¼ cup apple juice concentrate or 1 tablespoon sugar substitute
  • 2 sprigs of fresh basil (if desired)


  1. Cut, grate or puree tomatoes as desired.
  2. Brown onions and garlic in sauté pan on medium to medium-high heat.
  3. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook until thickened.
  4. When using whole tomatoes, use a food processor or blender to blend tomato mixture with apple juice concentrate. When using crushed tomatoes, stir in apple juice concentrate.
  5. Finish with fresh basil if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR). Currently offered at five CentraCare locations, Pritikin ICR is a comprehensive approach to cardiac rehab, featuring both exercise and education at every visit. For more information, visit