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Homemade Marinara Sauce with My Homegrown Tomatoes

Updated on September 17, 2014

Fresh Tomatoes for the Sauce

Ingredients for marinara sauce with tomatoes and herbs right out of my garden
Ingredients for marinara sauce with tomatoes and herbs right out of my garden | Source
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Tomatoes from the Garden

We had a bumper crop of tomatoes nearing the end of the growing season in our family garden. Tomatoes at this time of year tend to blemish or fall from the vine and are wasted. Rather than let that happen I got busy gathering them and the necessary ingredients to make our families favorite marinara sauce. It is truly easy to make, makes the house smell great and is such a good use of that bumper crop I was talking about.

This year I had about four pounds of luscious, juicy Scarlett Red tomatoes that needed to be used. This is actually the perfect amount of tomatoes for my marinara sauce. Scarlett Red variety of tomatoes have a beautiful deep dark red color with the tomato showing a deep scarlet red color when sliced. Perfect for marinara sauce but I have used other types of tomatoes with very good results.

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Depending on the Final Recipe approx. 6 servings


  • 6-8 large garden tomatoes or a 28 oz can Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 6-8 Garlic cloves, chopped small
  • 1 Large fresh basil sprig, or a teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup Red wine, I use Merlot or Chianti
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion, Some don't use onion but I prefer it
  • Pinch Red Pepper Flakes, if desired-I like this added because ifthe added flavor

Place whole tomatoes in boiling water for 2 minutes

tomatoes in the boiling water
tomatoes in the boiling water | Source

Put Tomatoes in ice water for one minute


the peelings come right off the tomatoes

Discard the tough peelings after removal
Discard the tough peelings after removal | Source

Add Ingredients

In a shallow pan, heat the olive oil and when it is hot, add onion and cook til it is transparent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute until sizzling but not browned.

Add the chopped tomatoes, red pepper flakes and oregano.


Add the red wine of your choice, if desired

I like to use Merlot
I like to use Merlot

Store in the freezer for future use

I like making this marinara and using freezer bags to store several servings. Nothing is nicer that to remember the fresh, luscious garden tomatoes in the dead of winter.

Store in Freezer bags-easier that canning


Fresh Tomato Marinara

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 50
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 2 g
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
Just delicious!
Just delicious! | Source

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    • MartieG profile imageAUTHOR

      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      4 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Picked loads more this morning! Thanks for the visit-enjoy.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great year for tomatoes for us as well. I'll give this a try. Thank you!


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