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Homemade Marinara Sauce with Fresh Roasted Tomatoes

I have found many recipes for home made marinara sauce on the internet, but when I look at them, they ask for canned tomatoes. Sorry…but that is not my idea of home made.  I call that “Semi home made”, and while there is a place for this in the kitchen, it doesn’t extend to sauces.

 I have a garden full of fresh ripe tomatoes that I want to use and homemade marinara sauce is one thing I want to use them in.

Homemade Marinara sauce with Fresh Roasted Tomatoes

Home Made Marinara Sauce

This recipe is delicious, uses home grown tomatoes and has a splash of wine as well as freshly cut herbs.  What could be better?

The version of home made marinara sauce is my most often viewed recipe on the site for a very good reason. It tastes amazing.

Most home vegetable gardens are producing ripe tomatoes now and they are perfect for using in this recipe. If you don’t grow your own tomatoes, large vine ripened grocery store tomatoes or beefsteak tomatoes also works well.Fresh tomatoes

For this recipe I used roasted tomatoes.   Here is a photo tutorial showing how to roast them for perfect sauces.  Roasting the tomatoes really is the key to the flavor of this sauce.  It brings out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and makes a perfect sauce.Roasted tomatoes

Once you have this basic marinara sauce, the sky is the limit as to what you can add to it.  Our family loves green peppers,  as well as ground beef.  Add some corn kernels and a bit of chili for a Mexican flavor. And for vegetarians, or just when you want a meatless meal try a mushroom marinara sauce  version.

Spaghetti bologneseWith my basic marinara sauce as a base, your spaghetti bolognese will be a huge hit.  You will never buy store bought again!

This recipe freezes well too.  I just put it into wide mouth mason jars and freeze it.  (affiliate link)They take the cold of a freezer well and the sauce is just as good when thawed as when I first make it.

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Home made marinara sauce with freshly roasted tomatoes gives you a taste that bottled sauces can't complete with.

Yield: 6

Home Made Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

Home Made Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

This recipe for home made marinara sauce beats any bottled sauce hands down. It is made with freshly roasted tomatoes for a full bodied flavor that is amazing.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 6 medium sized fresh beefsteak or other large tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of good quality dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup of beef stock
  • 2 tbsp of fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp of fresh oregano
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp of cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the tomatoes into half (or thick slices) and place cut side down on a greased baking sheet.
  3. Roast for about 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly and peel the outside skins. (Mine came right off with a pair of tongs quite easily.)
  4. Crush the tomatoes well. (I use my hands but you can use a potato masher or whatever you like.)
  5. While the tomatoes are roasting, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the onions until translucent - about 5 minutes. Add the diced garlic and cook another minute.
  6. Chop all the herbs together. Pour the wine and stock into the onion mixture, still well and add the spices. Cook over medium heat until the liquid has cooked down to about half.
  7. Add the roasted tomatoes, making sure that any really big chunks are chopped up.
  8. Simmer over a low heat for about 2 hours. Serve with pasta or use in any dish that asks for marinara sauce.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 261mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.


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Tuesday 8th of September 2015

I'm making this now. I had an open bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon so red wine it is...Can't wait to see what my husband thinks! It smells fantastic!


Tuesday 8th of September 2015

HI Sandra. Let me know how he likes it. My husband loves this recipe. Carol


Thursday 27th of August 2015

As promised, I'm reporting back on the marinara I made with the variety of tomatoes I had from my garden. It is amazing! So very flavorful! For the cherry tomatoes, I used a food mill to remove the skin. That was much easier than trying to hand peel the large number of cherry tomatoes I had, although it did make that part of the sauce very smooth. However, for the regular-sized tomatoes I just peeled them by hand and crushed them as per the recipe instructions, which added the chunkiness to the sauce that I wanted. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!


Thursday 27th of August 2015

Hi Jackie Thanks so much for getting back with your results. I am really glad it worked out well for you. There is nothing quite like a home made sauce, especially when compared to store bought is there? Carol


Sunday 23rd of August 2015

I have been looking for a homemade, fresh tomato marinara. Most are too bland, so I was excited to see one with fresh herbs. I have a bumper crop of tomatoes of all varieties, both cherry and traditional, so will try a mixture of what I have. I'll report back with how many pounds I use and the results. Thank you for this amazing recipe!

I made gazpacho using the mixture of tomatoes I have, and it was amazing! I have Sungold, Oregon, Brandywine, Red Grape, Yellow Pear, Black Cherry, and Sweet 100s. The different varieties added such an interesting flavor profile.


Sunday 23rd of August 2015

Hi Jackie. It sounds as though you have been busy growing this year. What a bumper crop! Carol

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