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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Best Homemade Marinara
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Tomato Sauce For Pasta and Pizza
Author: Swati

Equipment

  • Instant Pot/Indian Stove Top Pressure Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Tomatoes 1 kg
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Onions
  • 6-7 Garlic Cloves
  • Ginger small piece
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper(medium) optional
  • 2 tbsp Mixed Herbs/Oregano/Dried Basil
  • 1 tbsp Red Chilli Flakes/Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp Sugar/Sweetener
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil/Plant based oil

Instructions

  • Wash tomatoes nicely in running water.
  • Chop roughly.
  • Plugin the Instant Pot, Switch on the saute mode.
  • When the display shows HOT , add oil followed by finely chopped ginger and garlic.
  • Once raw smell of garlic goes away or it starts turning light brown, add finely chopped onions.
  • Saute till light pink.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and red bell pepper.
  • Add herbs, black pepper powder, sweetener and salt.
  • Cancel the SAUTE Mode, put on the lid and then turn on the PRESSURE COOK MODE.
  • Set the TIMER for 5 minutes,
  • Once the timer goes OFF, do the Quick Pressure Release , open the lid and check.
  • If there is lot of liquid from tomatoes then Switch on SAUTE Mode again and cook for till you get chunky mix.
  • You can keep the sauce Chunky or blend it Smooth with Hand Blender or in blender.

Stove-Top Pressure Cooker Method

  • Proceed with all the above steps till adding salt, sugar. Close the lid and cook till 2 whistles.
  • Use hand blender or blender to make chunky or smooth sauce.
  • Cool it completely and store in sterilized glass jars/bottles.
  • Refrigerate and use within 10 days,
  • You can freeze it for about 2-3 months in small batches. Thaw and use as required.

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Notes

Canned Diced Tomatoes can be used in place of Fresh Tomatoes. 
Adding Red Bell Pepper is optional, instead you can use 2-3 carrots/1 cup pumpkin or butternut squash. 
For a small batch use less tomatoes and adjust seasonings as per taste.