Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce


This marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes is rich and flavorful. 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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 8 large tomatoes, peeled and cut into big chunks

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ cup red wine

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 teaspoons dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tomatoes are soft, about 30 minutes.

  2. Stir in red wine, honey, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt, black pepper, fennel seed, and crushed red pepper; simmer and cook until herbs have flavored the sauce, about 30 minutes more.

  3. Add balsamic vinegar; still well to combine. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

147 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 147
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 403mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 34mg 168%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 666mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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