Instant Pot Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Instant Pot Homemade Marinara Sauce is so delicious and easy you may never buy prepared sauce again! Using fresh or canned tomatoes we use the trusty pressure cooker to capture fresh flavors that you just won’t get in store bought sauce.

Marinara over pasta with shaved Parmesan Cheese and bread slices

Marinara Sauce Made Easy

Like any good southern lady, I love me some Italian food. For years, I have bought marinara sauce and it always seems to be missing something. Sure, it’s easy and convenient, but after some research, I quickly thought I would try my hand at making my own.

I did a ton of research and found all kinds of recipes that called for all day cooking and some done in the crock pot or IP that just seemed to be missing something. A few things I did find were some great tips and tricks that I implemented into this recipe. The cook time is only an hour which is a plus. Also, less is more. For a great sauce, you only need a little seasoning to make it pop. You really want the fresh flavors of the fruit to come through! 

If you use fresh tomatoes, be sure and check out how to blanche them HERE!

This sauce keeps well for a couple of weeks in jars in the fridge but I like to make batches every so often and freeze in containers to have for later. It makes a wonderful addition to any scratch made recipe repertoire!

So what are we waiting for? Lets show you how to do it!

 

How to Make Marinara in the Pressure Cooker

~Ingredients~

  • 2-3 tablespoons minced or chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2- 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • potato flakes(for thickening, if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

~Method~

  1. Put the olive oil in the InstantPot and switch on the saute’ function. When the oil is hot, add in the onions and garlic. Cook only til tender, paying careful attention not to burn the garlic. Switch the IP to off. Add in the cans of crushed tomatoes, herbs and water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Close and seal the IP lid and set for 60 minutes.
  3. Allow the pressure to release naturally when done and TASTE! *Mine was a bit thin so I added 2 tablespoons of potato flakes to thicken. Doing this does NOT produce any potato taste, it just makes it a velvety consistency that I LOVE! Finish with the 2 tablespoons of butter for a beautiful shine to the sauce.

Note**I have fresh herbs but if you do not, you can use dried, just remember you will need about half of what the recipe calls for. Dried herbs pack more punch. You can also buy small portions of fresh herbs in most produce sections of grocery stores. Keep the extra like flowers in a bud vase with water or tie and hang upside to dry in a cool place inside of a paper bag.

Tips and Tricks

  • Dried Herbs vs. Fresh – Fresh is always better but if you can’t get them, make sure to cut your portions in half for dried. They are a good bit stronger so you won’t need as much!
  • Instant Pot or Other brand – I am no stranger to other brands. I have tried a few. Possibly my favorite is the Mealthy Pressure cooker. You can find a link to it below. High quality craftsmanship is important with this appliance and none stand up to Mealthy!
  • Potato Flakes – I promise, your marinara won’t taste like instant potatoes. Only use them if you need to thicken your sauce. You will know when you get it like you want it!

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Marinara over pasta with shaved Parmesan Cheese and bread slices

Instant Pot Homemade Marinara Sauce

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Instant Pot Homemade Marinara Sauce is so delicious and easy you may never buy prepared sauce again! Using fresh or canned tomatoes we use the trusty pressure cooker to capture fresh flavors that you just won't get in store bought sauce.

Ingredients

  • * 1 medium onion, chopped

  • * 2-3 tablespoons minced or chopped garlic

  • * 2- 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes

  • * 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • * 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • * 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

  • * 1/2 cup water

  • * potato flakes(for thickening, if needed)

  • * 2 tablespoons butter

  • * 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

  • * 1-2 tablespoons parsley

  • * salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Put the olive oil in the InstantPot and switch on the saute' function. When the oil is hot, add in the onions and garlic. Cook only til tender, paying careful attention not to burn the garlic. Switch the IP to off. Add in the cans of crushed tomatoes, herbs and water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Close and seal the IP lid and set for 60 minutes. Natural Pressure release when done and TASTE! *Mine was a bit thin so I added 2 tablespoons of potato flakes to thicken. Doing this does NOT produce any potato taste, it just gives it a velvety consistency
  3. Finish with the 2 tablespoons of butter for a beautiful shine to the sauce.

Notes

I have fresh herbs but if you do not, you can use dried, just remember you will need about half of what the recipe calls for. Dried herbs pack more punch. You can also buy small portions of fresh herbs in most produce sections of grocery stores. Keep the extra like flowers in a bud vase with water or tie and hang upside to dry in a cool place inside of a paper bag.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 99Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 5mgSodium 289mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 3g

**Nutritional Values are estimates only

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    Brooke Burks
    August 22, 2018 at 5:05 am

    No, I always, always add a little water. No matter what I cook in the IP, I always add at least a 1/2 cup of water to it. You can always thicken, you cannot reverse a burn! In this recipe, I added potato flakes to thicken to the level that I like. One of my top reccomendations on the IP is to always add water!

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