One Step, No-Cook Marinara

by Jenn on June 11, 2010

in Dairy Free,Diabetic Friendly,Dips and Sauces,Gluten Free,No Cook,Photography,Vegetarian

Gluten Free Bagel Pizzas

I remember when I first knew we were going to move to Switzerland, and my husband asked me “Isn’t it going to be cold all the time?” haha.  If you have been in Romandie at all the past couple weeks you will know that it does indeed get very warm here!  I don’t think anything has hit 90 ºF yet (and no, I am not yet able to think in ºC outside of 0=freezing,  37=body temp), but it sure has felt like it in the sunshine and with all the mugginess.  I partly blame that on lack of A/C, which is usually fine except for those rare days like the ones we had last weekend when there is no wind.  And it only took a couple of hours outside to get sunburned, leaving an oh-so-fashionable imprint of my necklace on my chest.  Good things scarves are all the thing here no matter what the season, so no one else had to see me looking like a total dork for the next few days!  But the lake was gorgeous and worth the walk (and the sunburn) -

Lookout over Lac Léman

Despite the heat, last weekend I made these gluten free bagels.  They satisfied my fresh bagel craving in every way I could have imagined.  But sometimes, a bagel is not meant to only be decorated with cream cheese.  My husband had mentioned that he really wanted pizza, and as I had just spent the past couple hours making bagel dough, I did not relish the thought of then baking another bread item.  So, why not bagel pizzas!  Easy enough, right?

But we didn’t have any marinara sauce, and I didn’t feel like cooking tomatoes on the stove for another couple of hours in this heat – for a couple hours is the minimum time required to create a true flavorful marinara sauce.  Fortunately, one Skype convo to my parents later my dad had directed me to this checca recipe by Giada.  It sounded like something I could totally whip into a marinara, by specifically doing the opposite of the directions and puréeing it.  Well, puréeing may not make it checca anymore (ok, many of the things I did differently don’t make it checca anymore), but it does make it an awesome no-cook marinara sauce.  Keeping it dairy free makes it more versatile.  Already being a sweltering sauna in our top floor apt, tossing some food into the food processor was the perfect solution.  Then all that was required was to top it onto the bagels, add some grated mozzarella and fresh basil, and broil quickly in the toaster oven for oh-so-fast pizza bagel goodness.

Looking out at Lake Geneva Rocks in Lac Léman

The no-cook marinara was awesome.  The bright flavor was closer to what you’d typically expect from a bruschetta rather than a true marinara.  For a warm summer evening, this was just perfect.  So far it’s worked well as a flat bread topping, as sauce for pizza bagels, and as a quick dressing for pasta.  I heart convenience that is still fresh and vibrant, without compromising quality or flavor.  This is simple, stress-free, and best of all, the stove never gets turned on.  Perfect for summer, and perfect for my dairy-free submission to this month’s Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free, hosted by Zoe of Z’s Cups of Tea!

Gluten Free Bagel Pizzas

Also submitted to - Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Friday Foodie Fix

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa June 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

That Marinara sauce is a great idea! Perfect with bagels.

I really love your lake pictures. I’d love to jump in there!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

Thanks! haha not too far off people were swimming in the lake…it was a perfect day for it!

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Rosa June 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm

That Marinara sauce is a great idea! Perfect with bagels.

I really love your lake pictures. I’d love to jump in there!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

Thanks! haha not too far off people were swimming in the lake…it was a perfect day for it!

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Magic of Spice June 12, 2010 at 4:06 am

Nice recipe…love the no-cook for summer:)

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

Thanks! Yes in the heat, no-cook is essential!

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Magic of Spice June 12, 2010 at 4:06 am

Nice recipe…love the no-cook for summer:)

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:12 am

Thanks! Yes in the heat, no-cook is essential!

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GreenGirl June 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Love your pictures and the recipe seems so easy, love the no-cook idea

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Thank you so much! And it is easy :)

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GreenGirl June 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Love your pictures and the recipe seems so easy, love the no-cook idea

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Thank you so much! And it is easy :)

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Fenke June 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I was having exactly the same recipe in mind to bring to a bbq tomorrow! that would be the tryout, and then i am sure it will become a staple in our summer kitchen!

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Oh awesome! Let me know how it ends up working out for you!

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Fenke June 12, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I was having exactly the same recipe in mind to bring to a bbq tomorrow! that would be the tryout, and then i am sure it will become a staple in our summer kitchen!

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:13 am

Oh awesome! Let me know how it ends up working out for you!

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bunkycooks June 13, 2010 at 12:06 am

I am so focused on the lovely photos of the lake! The marinara sauce is perfect for the really hot summer days.

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

Thank you so much! I think I could take pictures of the lake every day – each day I see something different and each day it is still beautiful.

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bunkycooks June 13, 2010 at 12:06 am

I am so focused on the lovely photos of the lake! The marinara sauce is perfect for the really hot summer days.

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Jenn June 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

Thank you so much! I think I could take pictures of the lake every day – each day I see something different and each day it is still beautiful.

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Aubree Cherie June 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Ooo, simple and tasty! I love the no-cook bit the most, where I am in Delaware we’ve had some pretty hot days for sure! Makes me want to avoid the kitchen sometimes :)

~Aubree Cherie

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Jenn June 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thanks! Yes, I totally understand why you would like no-cook then!!

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Aubree Cherie June 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Ooo, simple and tasty! I love the no-cook bit the most, where I am in Delaware we’ve had some pretty hot days for sure! Makes me want to avoid the kitchen sometimes :)

~Aubree Cherie

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Shree June 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

my goodness those photos are so beautiful. everything looks so pristine.

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Jenn June 16, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thank you so much!!

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Shirley @ gfe June 17, 2010 at 5:53 am

Drooling here … over the bruschetta-type marinara sauce on those bagels and the stunning scenery! Amazing photos as always. :-)

Shirley

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