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Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

Rated as 4.76 out of 5 Stars
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"A rich, flavorful sauce that is healthy. Great for use in pasta, lasagna, and other casseroles. My favorite way to eat it is to pour over raw zucchini 'pasta' for an extra-fresh and tasty meal that's very healthy, too! A great recipe for using up extra-ripe tomatoes from your garden. Double the batch and freeze half; it freezes well."
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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 147
Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

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  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes; add tomatoes, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring the liquid from the tomatoes to a boil, reduce to medium-low, and simmer mixture until tomatoes are softened, about 30 minutes.
  2. Stir red wine, honey, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt, black pepper, fennel seed, and crushed red pepper into the tomato mixture; bring again to a simmer and cook until herbs have flavored the sauce, about 30 minutes more.
  3. Stir balsamic vinegar into the sauce.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 147 calories; 7.4 16.5 2.7 0 403 Full nutrition

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Wow, cannot believe I'm the first to review this wonderful sauce! What a great way to use the bounty of fresh tomatoes at this time of year. Followed the recipe exactly until the amount of t...

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I chose this recipe after reading all the great reviews. I made it exactly as the recipe with two exceptions. I only had a purple onion on hand so I used half of that. I also added 8 ounces of s...

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Wow, cannot believe I'm the first to review this wonderful sauce! What a great way to use the bounty of fresh tomatoes at this time of year. Followed the recipe exactly until the amount of t...

I chose this recipe after reading all the great reviews. I made it exactly as the recipe with two exceptions. I only had a purple onion on hand so I used half of that. I also added 8 ounces of s...

Do not skip the vinegar, it's an essential ingredient in balancing this marinara. I always use brown sugar to taste instead of honey. This really is a winning recipe. My favorite on the whole si...

I've made 10 batches (dble batch each time) and the only change is I ran out of honey once and used brown sugar. It was still good. I'm making a dble batch a day until I run out of tomatoes. ...

This is an easy, delicious sauce that I made for my boyfriend. He said it was the best spaghetti he's ever had! I highly suggest adding some mushrooms in with the onion to add earthiness and roa...

Amazingly good. Well worth the effort to prepare. Would really like cup amount of tomato as my garden has multiple varieties -not all large. Plan on tripling next batch for freezing. Just a no...

I've tried several fresh sauce recipes and this one is the best. Made a few changes - didn't have fennel; used fresh basil; and added a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste to thicken it slig...

Oh my goodness,this is soooo good!! I just now finished making this sauce and I stuck to the recipe (with exception of marjoram,didn't have any). I also made some meatballs too and am seated wit...

Very good & very flavorful! Wonderful to make homemade marinara from my garden fresh tomatoes. I followed the recipe as written, although I doubled it. My sauce was a bit sweet prior to addin...