Add this creamy base to give a new spin to your favorite store-bought marinara.

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
8
Max Servings:
8
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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, and garlic until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Stir in flour until dissolved and thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour in milk, stirring constantly, until well mixed. Add Parmesan cheese; stir until cheese is melted, 5 minutes.

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  • Stir tomato sauce into creamy onion mixture; season with black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and hot sauce. Cook and stir until heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle spinach over sauce to serve.

Nutrition Facts

137.68 calories; 5.26 g protein; 12.5 g carbohydrates; 8.09 g fat; 22.09 mg cholesterol; 725.45 mg sodium.Full Nutrition


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Marbear
04/23/2013
Loved it! It tastes creamy without having to add loads of cream or anything too fattening. This will be made again:)
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Melissa Nile
03/26/2016
Followed the recipe exactly and it was pretty good. Not great but good. Will probably make it again but will definitely add more balsamic vinegar and maybe try a different cheese other than parmesan. Or it might even be good with another cheese added to the parmesan.
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Melissa Nile
03/26/2016
Followed the recipe exactly and it was pretty good. Not great but good. Will probably make it again but will definitely add more balsamic vinegar and maybe try a different cheese other than parmesan. Or it might even be good with another cheese added to the parmesan.
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Marbear
04/23/2013
Loved it! It tastes creamy without having to add loads of cream or anything too fattening. This will be made again:)
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shannonferger
02/19/2013
I normally make a meat sauce but when I saw this quick and easy recipe I figured I would give it a shot and I'm so glad I did. I was surprised at the amount of flavor the sauce had and how nice and thick it turned out. It's a great way to use up some of those ingredients I always seem to have on hand!
Anonymous
11/05/2012
Great easy recipe
Anonymous
11/13/2012
This recipe is really yummy and all of the ingredients are things I regularly have on hand. I served it over spinach linguine and it was divine. I did use red pepper flakes instead of hot sauce and added a package of precooked sausage. Next time I think I'll use 1 T olive oil instead of the butter and cut the entire recipe in half since it's just my husband and I.