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After our recent trip to Rome , I am still dreaming of Rome and its food.

 I love a good marinara sauce!  I have been making this sauce for ages and have realized that I have never posted it before.

 

Peeled tomatoes

This sauce is very easy and very versatile and it’s not worth buying the ready-made sauce as homemade tastes much better and costs less, when tomatoes are in season.

Collage Marinara New

During summer, tomatoes are abundant and cheap and I grow basil in a pot on my small balcony.  Even when tomatoes are out of season, I make marinara sauce with canned tomatoes, sometimes I use pummaro or tomato paste, depending on what I have at home.  

Basil2

In summer Greek tomatoes are firm, sweet and juicy.  If your tomatoes are tart, you can add a couple of grated carrots to the sauce instead of adding sugar and depending on the season, add some fresh oregano and thyme as well. If you don’t have fresh herbs you can also add some dried oregano, thyme and basil.  Although this is not very traditional, I like to add a piece of cinnamon stick in the sauce but do not mention it in the recipe.  It’s up to you to add it if you also like the taste of cinnamon, as much as I do.

This sauce is so easy to make and tastes a million times better than the store bought one.  

I always make big batches during the summer, which I deep freeze in plastic cups, which are around 1 cup capacity, so this saves time and money.

 

 

Frozen marinara sauce

I use this sauce to make an easy vegan spaghetti dish, especially during lent, as you can see in the last photo with no cheese, but feel free to use grated cheese on top as well.  I also  serve it with meatballs, as a base for pizzas, in calzone, in lasagna etc.

 

Marinara sauce

 


Homemade Marinara Sauce

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  about 30 minutes

Makes:  4 cups

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 big onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 kilo fresh ripe tomatoes, peeled and grated or 1 can (500 grams) whole tomatoes with juice
  • 1 pummaro condensed tomato juice (500 grams)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • About 1/2 cup fresh broadleaf basil 
  • 1 sprig fresh oregano, only the leaves (optional)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 tsp boukovo (sweet pepper flakes)
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 1 grated carrot (or 1 tbsp sugar or honey (optional), depending on the tartness of the tomatoes)


Directions:

  1. Wash and make a cross section below each tomato and remove the green stalk, if any.  
  2. Heat a large pot with water and put the tomatoes in for 1 minute.  Cool under running water and then peel each tomato and remove the green and hard core.
  3. In a food processor add the tomatoes, basil leaves and carrot and puree.
  4. In another saucepan heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent.  Add the garlic and mix for a few seconds.
  5. Add the tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato paste.
  6. Add salt and pepper as well as boukovo and dried herbs and simmer, stirring often until the sauce is thick.  

spaghetti with sauce

Other relevant recipes:

Spicy Winter Tomato Sauce

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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24 σχόλια on Homemade Marinara Sauce

  1. Ο/Η alison λέει:

    hello,ivy!a very good sauce,easy to make and so good for pasta!thanks for your visits!:))

  2. Ο/Η jen of a2eatwrite λέει:

    It's so funny… I kept looking at your recipe and waiting for the sugar. Yup, that pinch of sugar seems necessary to me for marinara, but what do I know? ;-) This looks delicious, Ivy!

  3. Ο/Η Susan from SGCC λέει:

    Your sauce looks beautiful! I also always have homemade marinara sauce on hand. You can use it for so many things. I could spoon it right out of the pot and eat it as is!

  4. Ο/Η Cakelaw λέει:

    Looks delicious Ivy – everyone needs a good, simple pasta sauce recipe.

  5. Ο/Η Peter G λέει:

    I love a simple tomato sauce Ivy…thank you for sharing yours…looks delicious!

  6. Ο/Η Peter λέει:

    Everyone should have their own "marinara sauce"…no reason to buy any of the stuff at the supermarket. Canned tomatoes are very good these days.

  7. Ο/Η Lisa Henderson λέει:

    Wow, this sounds amazing and easy to make. Now I want to get a basil plant.

  8. Ο/Η cakebrain λέει:

    Your basil plant looks so prolific! wonderful! I love to make my own marinara sauce too. Yours looks delicious!

  9. Ο/Η Happy Cook λέει:

    I too love a good sauce and this just looks lip smacking delicous.

  10. Ο/Η tasteofbeirut λέει:

    I love the photo, very appetizing!

  11. Ο/Η Maria λέει:

    I've never bought jarred marinara as I too believe it is such a great staple to make yourself. I also make large batches and store in airtight containers which I place in the freezer for future use. Great recipe Ivy. I too had a pot of basil in the yard all summer but it seems to be dwindling away. I wonder, should I bring the pot indoors?

  12. Ο/Η Lissie λέει:

    Homemade marinara sauce looks so good… delicious over the pasta! I liked your basil plant :)

    Please collect your awards from my blog, Ivy…

  13. Ο/Η Nadjibella λέει:

    Une vraie sauce tomate maison ne peut être que très bonne. Bravo!

  14. Ο/Η BenHerrera λέει:

    I agree 100% that buying this sauce at the store is not worth it. I love all the spices you use in yours.

  15. Ο/Η 5starfoodie λέει:

    mmm… homemade marina sauce sounds just perfect! Excellent recipe!

  16. Ο/Η Usha λέει:

    Homemade marinara sauce sounds fantastic, would love to try it ! I am sure this tastes way better than those store bought sauces….

  17. Ο/Η lizcupcakes λέει:

    Sometimes it's good to be reminded of the simpler things. I just want to toss a little parmesan on that last picture and dig in with my fork!

  18. Ο/Η Reeni λέει:

    I love a good homemade Marinara! Looks delicious, Ivy!

  19. Ο/Η Velva λέει:

    You can never go wrong with a good homemade marinara sauce. This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  20. Ο/Η Soma λέει:

    This recipe is a keeper. I never buy my pasta sauce. Love the deep color of the sauce.

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