Smoky Apple Cider Marinara Sauce


If you’re wondering what apples and tomatoes have in common it’s this superbly engineered simple marinara sauce. Hey, they’re both fruits; they’re both acidic and sweet and they just happen to compliment each other. Serve over your favorite pasta, with pan-fried veggie chicken or use in any recipe calling for marinara sauce!

Makes 7 cups

2 T. margarine

2 T. extra virgin olive oil

8 lg. fresh garlic cloves, peeled and very thinly sliced

2 t. dried basil

2 t. dried tarragon

1/2 t. ground allspice

28 oz. can diced tomatoes

28 oz. can tomato puree

6 oz. can tomato paste

1 c. apple cider

2 t. plus to taste liquid smoke

2 t. garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

In large pot, over medium-low heat, melt margarine with oil.

Add sliced garlic, basil, tarragon and allspice. Saute, stirring often till garlic aroma fills the air, 3-5 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, stirring after each addition. Cook at a slow bubble of a boil for about 20-30 minutes, stirring as needed. Salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately over pasta, or save to reheat and serve later.

Notes: Watch to be sure not to burn the garlic. However, when using a sufficient amount of oil/margarine, the garlic is less apt to burn as long as you keep the heat low and stir often.


Published by Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, artist, writer/author, animal-free chef

Chef Davies-Tight™. The Animal-Free Chef™. ANIMAL-FREE SOUS-CHEF™. FAT-FREE CHEF™. Word Warrior Davies-Tight™. HAPPY WHITE HORSE™. SHARON ON THE NEWS™. BIRTH OF A SEED™. Till now and forever © Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, Artist, Author, Animal-Free Chef, Activist. ARCHITECT of 5 PRINCIPLES TO A BETTER LIFE™ & MAINSTREAM ANIMAL-FREE CUISINE™.

3 thoughts on “Smoky Apple Cider Marinara Sauce

  1. Go to AFC RECIPE MENUS on (IT’S A DROP DOWN MENU at the top of the page OF ALL THE recipe menus – well organized). APPETIZERS thru BREAKFAST MENUS. Each recipe has a menu description and a link to that recipe.Enjoy browsing!

  2. Thanks for sharing, this recipe looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try it. What are some other recipes I should try off your blog?

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