Garden-Style Marinara at Home

Pasta is a staple in our household; it’s always in the cupboard and it usually makes its way in the meal plan once a week. That doesn’t mean it’s always the same. Here’s one of my favorite ways to make a simple but hearty pasta dinner.

easy garden marinara

What You Need:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 large can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 package frozen spinach (thawed)
  • 5-6 carrots, peeled and chopped to long, thin pieces
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, oregano, and sugar, to taste

What You Do:

  • In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add in the onion and garlic and begin to sweat until they reach semi-transparency. Add in the carrots and zucchini and cook down for about 10 minutes

easy garden marinara

  • Pour in the can of tomatoes (juice and all) and the spinach. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the carrots and zucchini are fully cooked and tender.
  • Add in seasonings to taste, and serve over your favorite pasta!

easy garden marinara

This recipe is great for multiple reasons. It uses up veggies in the fridge that you didn’t know what to do with, it has way less sodium than any store-bought pasta sauce from a jar, and it’s filling! If you want a little extra protein, brown 1/2 pound of ground beef, pork, or turkey with the onion and garlic before following the rest of the steps. YUM! I’ve also used an even simpler version of this sauce for ravioli!

What’s a simple but always satisfying way you make pasta?

Lydia Jane

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6 thoughts on “Garden-Style Marinara at Home

  1. Lydia, this sounds simply delicious!

    I’m not the cook in our household, husband is, he was a chef in a former life. He can look at what we have in the fridge and cupboards and just throw something together. One pasta dish he does do well is a carbonara – sometimes it’s ham, mushroom, tomato and onion, others it’s bacon, broccoli and onion. Either way, they’re both always delicious!


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