Making homemade Marinara sauce from garden fresh tomatoes, home dried tomatoes and home grown herbs produces a healthy, thick, organic sauce of amazing Italian flavor! This, easy to make tomato sauce is Low-Fat , Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free. It makes an excellent base or accent for many many recipes!
Homemade is what I do and what this blog is MOSTLY about. Cooking from scratch, to me, means using what you have on hand and using the best quality organic, fresh ingredients available.
But…I have always used organic canned tomato sauce and paste to make my homemade tomato sauce recipes.
Canned spaghetti sauce is easy, convenient and tasty! Then, recently, Dave started the garden again and made a fantastic greenhouse where he grows scads of tomatoes and peppers…
and I started growing herbs. So, the homemade Marinara Sauce experiments began!
This year I have FINALLY succeeded in making a thick, flavorful Italian Red sauce that actually is better than store bought. At least that is our family’s opinion. We love using our own tomatoes, peppers and herbs in this sauce. We grow them all here in Dave’s Greenhouse and my herb garden. It has a slight bit of zing from the peppers, and real deep tomato flavor.
Homemade Sun dried tomatoes and balsamic vinegar are the secret ingredients in this recipe! The body and flavor they add is what MAKES this a flavorful, rich, thick sauce. Home grown produce also helps.
Now I look forward to the masses of ripe tomatoes and peppers coming out of the greenhouse. I can use a lot of them in this recipe! If you’re not into going to the trouble of growing and making your own homemade sun dried tomatoes (which I encourage you to do if you can!) Costco has them at a reasonable price if you have to buy sun dried tomatoes.
Same with the fresh tomatoes. Get the best organic, vine ripened tomatoes you can find. Try you local farmers market or local organic CSA farm! The quality and flavor of your sauce will reflect your ingredients every time!
Balsamic vinegar is a healthy flavor booster you will want to use. That extra bit of rich piquant blends beautifully into the sauce and it’s so good for you!
Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe:
Making this recipe is ridiculously easy. Just dump everything in your pot, simmer on low until it makes a very soft mushy mess. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your taste. When the sauce is finished; run it through a food mill. No skinning the tomatoes required! Be careful with the peppers. Adjust the heat to your taste. Don’t use the seeds unless you like a LOT of heat.
- Place all the ingredients into a 4 quart pan on set on low heat.
- Cook until the tomatoes break down into mush and the other ingredients are dissolved into the mess.
- Run the whole contents of the pot through a food mill to remove the skins and make a smooth sauce texture.
NOTE: Can be refrigerated several weeks or frozen if not used immediately
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The Food mill will separate out the tomato skins and fresh herb pieces and sticks; to produce a beautiful, thick, smooth sauce.
Enjoy the process of making your own sauce to your family’s taste. Please let me know if you make this recipe. I would LOVE to hear what you do with it! Enjoy.
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