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Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

The Best Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)Silky Roasted Roasted Red Pepper Marinara, a marvelous marinara variation when you’re tired of tomatoes!

Best Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)
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Sick of plain old spaghetti with marinara for dinner? I’ve got a solution!

Roasted Red Pepper Marinara. That is, marinara made with red bell peppers instead of tomatoes.

Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Roasted Red Pepper Marinara is bright, tangy, and slightly sweeter than classic tomato marinara, with a rich elegant essence.

Its silky texture coats pasta beautifully, and makes a marvelous dip for mozzarella sticks and calzones. In fact, there are instances I like it better than tomato marinara, God forbid.

Spread it over crusts for a unique pizza topping, or slather it over a meatball sandwich!

Making Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Our Roasted Red Pepper Marinara recipe is healthy, veggie-packed and can easily be made vegan by substituting oil for butter. It’s also gluten free!

To Make Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

Cut red bell peppers into strips and lay them out on a baking sheet. Broil in the oven until the skins turn black. Then place the peppers in a sealed bag to steam and loosen the skins.

How to Make Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Meanwhile sauté shredded onions and carrots until very soft.

Once the black waxy skins are loose, peel them off and place the roasted peppers in a blender.

How To: Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Puree the roasted red peppers and garlic until very smooth. Pour the puree into the sautéed veggies and simmer to thicken.

Easy Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Done!

Silky Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Give Roasted Red Pepper Marinara a try with traditional or gluten free pasta.

You’ll be so glad you did!

Perfect Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)

Also check out our classic marinara recipe.

Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free & Delicious!)
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Roasted Red Pepper Marinara

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Recipe - That's right, marinara with no tomatoes! This healthy marinara is easy to make and tastes amazing. Vegan, gluten free, and paleo-friendly!
Servings: 8 cups


  • 10 red bell peppers
  • 6 cloves garlic, in skins
  • 5 tablespoons butter (olive oil for vegan)
  • 1 large red onion, peeled
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper


  • Preheat the oven to broil. Cut the bell peppers into 3-4 sections each, removing the stem and seeds. Lay them out on a large baking sheet, waxy-side-up. Place on the upper rack and broil until the skins are mostly black. Then add the garlic cloves to the baking sheet and broil another 1-2 minutes.
  • Use tongs to move the blackened peppers to a large paper grocery bag, or a large plastic zip bag. Seal the bag tightly and let the peppers steam for 15 minutes to loosen the black skin.
  • Meanwhile, shred the onion and carrot on a grater. Add the butter, onions, and carrots to a large deep skillet or sauce pot. Set over medium-low heat and sauté the veggies until they are very soft.
  • Once the roasted red peppers have steamed, pull the black waxy skin off each piece and discard. Peel the garlic cloves. Place the soft roasted peppers and garlic cloves in the blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour the pureed peppers into the skillet, and add the Italian seasoning, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Simmer for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Serving: 0.5cup, Calories: 61kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 37mg, Potassium: 187mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3080IU, Vitamin C: 96mg, Calcium: 16mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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5 comments on “Roasted Red Pepper Marinara”

  1. Have you tried using jarred roasted red peppers for this sauce? I’m thinking for when fresh peppers are out of season. What about making a large batch to can or freeze?

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  3. Just made this, it’s delicious! I was looking for a “marinara” sauce with no tomatoes that would work with a kidney-friendly diet, and this is perfect. I even cut down the salt (for the same reason) and it’s still great. How long will it stay good in the fridge? Thanks!

  4. I made every recipe you posted last week and this week, and this is my favorite. Although I’m crazy over regular marinara, this puts it to shame. Thanks for giving me my new go to pasta sauce.

  5. its looking so yummy. Thanks for sharing its recipe.