This Instant Pot Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce can be made with fresh tomatoes or canned, and makes enough to be frozen for many future meals.
Marinara sauce is a staple in this house – it is a base in more than a few meals.
I have done this sauce the old fashioned way with removing the skins from whole tomatoes and cooking them down.
I have tried making it not peeling the tomatoes.
I have made it using canned diced tomatoes.
I have made it in a slow cooker.
I have made it on the stove top, and now of course, I have made my sauce in the instant pot!
I used to “roast” the garlic in the Instant Pot before assembling the sauce, but after making this a few times, I am editing the recipe.
There is a flavor difference when you roast the garlic, and it is worth the extra step!
It really is as simple as toss in all the ingredients, then blend with immersion blender!
Instant Pot Roasted Garlic Marinara
- 4 bulbs of roasted garlic bulbs, not cloves
- 1 onion dquartered
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1 TBS oregano
- 1 TBS sugar to neutralize the acidity of the tomatoes
- 2 TBS dried basil or 1/2 cup ripped fresh basil
- 3 cans 796mL diced tomatoes (OR 4 pounds roma tomatoes plus 1 cup water)
- 1 can 284ml tomato paste (2 cans if you are using fresh tomatoes)
- 2 large clove of garlic unroasted
- Roast garlic cloves in the oven by slicing the tapered end off, covering with tin foil, drizzling with olive oil, and roasting for 40 minutes at 400F
- Once garlic is roasted, add all remaining ingredients into the instant pot liner.
- Secure the lid on the Instant Pot, seal the pot, and set on high pressure for 10 minutes.
- Once the 10 minutes is up, allow the pot to NPR for 10 minutes (you don't want to risk tomato sauce on your ceiling!).
- Quick release remaining pressure.
- Allow to fully cool before freezing the sauce.
This recipe gets you about 3 liters of roasted garlic tomato heaven for your freezer!
Now that you have freezer stock, try some of my favourite recipes that use this sauce.
- Sneaky Sauce for Spaghetti
- Rutabaga Baked Ziti
- Italian Steamed Mussels Marinara
- Your favourite Lasagna
- Simmer meatballs in the marinara
- 5 Minute Pita Pizzas
- Or, any of these 50 ideas from the Food Network.
If you haven’t jumped on the instant pot train yet and want to learn more about it, or you want to learn more about how I use it for once a week meal prep, click below to check out my post on it.
So, there you have it, another way to fill your freezer (using your instant pot!) for quicker weeknight dinners!