Roasted Butternut Squash Marinara

marinara

This marinara sauce is packed with complex carbohydrates and tons of flavors. You can toss it on whole wheat pasta or use it on vegetables for an equally delicious lower carbohydrate option. My favorite so far though is to make meatballs and stuff a red or sweet potato.

Ingredients to make 24oz or 12 servings (1/4 cup per serving):

• 1 lb chopped butternut squash flesh (or 1 large butternut squash)
• 2 Roma tomatoes
• 1 medium yellow or red bell pepper
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
• 1/2 cup chopped red onion
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
• 1/2 teaspoon sage
• 1 tablespoon pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
• spray coconut oil

* – denotes optional ingredient

Video tutorial:

Steps:

1. Set oven to 400F.
2. Peel and chop butternut squash into medium-sized cubes.
3. Spread the butternut squash on a baking sheet, then add the 2 Roma tomatoes and the bell pepper. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes.
4. After roasting, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes.
5. Spray a nonstick skillet with coconut oil and set on medium high heat. Toss in red onion and garlic and cook until the red onion turns brown and translucent.
6. Chop the stem off the bell pepper and then toss all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender.
7. Blend on high speed until it is liquefied. If you desire for the marinara to be a tad thinner, then add tablespoons of chicken broth until you reach the desired consistency.

Approximate macros for 1 of 12 servings of 1/4 cup each:

25 calories, <1g protein, 7g carbs, 0g fat, 1g fiber, 2g sugar About the Author

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