My boyfriend is the healthiest person I know, which is great because he encourages me to be healthier and I encourage him to indulge every now and then. However, when he indulges, he wants it to be on something that’s really, really worth it. Ya know?

So, when we go to a delicious organic breakfast spot, he’ll definitely splurge on some banana pancakes since he knows they’re going to be made with great ingredients and they’re going to be well-prepared and fresh, rather than if he were to get pancakes at the local diner. Comprendes?

As a result, when he’s not indulging, he likes to be as healthy as possible. Sometimes I’ll whip up zoodles for us or some red lentil pasta and I always top it off with some yummy arrabiata sauce, since we both love the spicy kick it delivers, but one day recently I received a lovely snapchat from him with the nutrition label of said arrabiata sauce and a caption that read “What are you feeding me!” There were around 9 grams of sugar in a half-serving. Which is just ridiculous! There shouldn’t be sugar in this sauce, in my opinion. Or, at least, he and I don’t want sugar in the sauces we’re eating. So…I checked other labels and it was hard to find a low sugar content in jarred marinara sauce without spending a fortune. So, I went to the drawing board and decided to make my own. And it is so very good, so I’m sharing it with you.

What you’ll need:

1 16 oz. can crushed tomatoes (unseasoned)

Italian seasoning



Salt & pepper

Red pepper flakes

½ yellow onion

2 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Chop up the half yellow onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
  2. Pour olive oil in a pan over low heat and add in garlic and onion. Saute until the garlic is a light golden brown and the onions are translucent.
  3. Add in can of crushed tomatoes and generously season with even amounts of Italian seasoning, rosemary, basil, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Taste test until the seasoning is just right. I just guesstimate when seasoning.
  4. After cooking for about 10 more minutes on low heat, remove from heat and blend in a food processor.

Yum, yum, yum. I love this sauce so much and I love how much more healthy and fresh it is! I also love how I can kick up the heat by adding more red pepper flakes if needed. Give this a try and let me know what you think. 😉


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