Marinara Sauce
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8 large tomatoes (i used ones on the vine) roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 fresh basil leaves torn or 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Half a sprig of fresh rosemary chopped or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup water (optional)
  1. Turn on InstantPot to SAUTE mode
  2. Add oil and allow to heat for 2 minutes- the oil will thin out and disperse to the edges
  3. Add onion and stir well for 1 minute
  4. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute
  5. Add tomatoes, rosemary, basil and salt
  6. Add water- leave out water if you want your sauce to be thicker
  7. Mix all ingredients thoroughly
  8. Close InstantPot lid to lock it
  9. Turn vent on the lid to CLOSE VENT to prevent steam from escaping
  10. Press CANCEL/OFF button on InstantPot to turn off
  11. Set pot to MANUAL mode
  12. Set to HIGH PRESSURE
  13. Set timer to 7 minutes
  14. Once done allow the steam to release naturally (NPR) for 1-2 minutes minimum
  15. Now manually release the steam by opening the vent. The silver prong will drop back into the lid. BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM
  16. Open the lid
  17. Press CANCEL/OFF button on InstantPot to turn off
  18. Blend the sauce to your desired consistency using either a hand blender or a regular blender; you can leave the sauce chunky or blend it to be smooth
  19. Allow the sauce to cool before spooning it into the container of your choice
  20. If not using immediately, refrigerate or freeze
Serving suggestion:
Use this marinara to make your favorite pizza, pasta and sub sandwiches!

You can add crushed red pepper or cayenne to make the sauce spicy.

NO ONION/NO GARLIC VARIATION: You can remove the onion and garlic from the recipe and add 1 medium red bell pepper and continue with the other steps. Blend the gravy for a smooth consistency.

VEGAN VARIATION: This recipe is completely vegan!

Storage Options:
Mason Jars, Plastic containers, glass containers, freezer proof containers, freezer safe ziploc bags
You can portion out the sauce if you do not think you will use all of it at once.
Recipe by Instapottin' With Poonam at