Rating: 4.8 stars
408 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 347
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2

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.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Stir balsamic vinegar into the sauce.

Nutrition Facts

147 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 16.5g; fat 7.4g; sodium 402.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (322)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2014
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 time for the last simmering. After step #2, I put the sauce on low and went to the nail salon. When I returned more than an hour later, I found the house smelling like Italian food heaven! This sauce is on the garlic spicy side, but Paul Newman would love it! It tastes like his Sockarooni sauce but oh so much better. I'm going to make it again soon with more of my tomato bounty, but this time it will be with a tad less garlic and spice and instead some mushrooms and fresh basil. This recipe is fantastic. Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2015
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 sliced mushrooms cause I love mushrooms in everything. Unfortunately I did not taste the results before I added the balsamic vinegar. I do not like it with the vinegar. So if you are not crazy about vinegar like me taste the sauce before you add it. Read More
(67)
408 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 347
  • 4 star values: 49
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2014
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 time for the last simmering. After step #2, I put the sauce on low and went to the nail salon. When I returned more than an hour later, I found the house smelling like Italian food heaven! This sauce is on the garlic spicy side, but Paul Newman would love it! It tastes like his Sockarooni sauce but oh so much better. I'm going to make it again soon with more of my tomato bounty, but this time it will be with a tad less garlic and spice and instead some mushrooms and fresh basil. This recipe is fantastic. Thanks! Read More
(98)
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2014
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 site. It's that good. Read More
(81)
Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2015
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 sliced mushrooms cause I love mushrooms in everything. Unfortunately I did not taste the results before I added the balsamic vinegar. I do not like it with the vinegar. So if you are not crazy about vinegar like me taste the sauce before you add it. Read More
(67)
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2015
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. I'm freezing these so that we will have some all winter long. One problem, my family loves this sauce so much they refuse to open another canned sauce. I may have to hire a maid, or run away from home. Thanks so much for thIs recipe. IT'S GREAT! Delora Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
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 roasted red pepper (if you have some extra time) in with the tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2015
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 note: chili pepper does spice it up a bit too much for small children. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2014
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 slightly. Flavors blended well and I loved the addition of the balsamic vinegar. Wish I had discovered this recipe before using up most of my tomato harvest! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2015
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 with a bowl of delicious sauce and meatballs! This will be my 'go to' ALWAYS. I can see how the one reviewers boyfriend was blown away by this recipe. Wanted to say too that the tomatoes were from a friends garden,the onion from another and the garlic from a local family farm. A joint effort,indeed! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2014
What a nice sauce. Great way to use fresh tomatoes. I like that it thickens as it cooks. Don't cover it. Cook it exactly as recipe calls for. Adding a little more spices won't hurt too. I added jalapenos instead of red pepper, & it was Wonderful !! will make this over & over. Make this soon, Marcy Read More
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