Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

I had a lot of tomatoes this year and after trying other marinara sauces, I came up with this one. We like a little spicy. You can also use canned tomatoes for this recipe. Try this sauce with Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti--it's wonderful.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel tomatoes and process smooth.
  2. Sauté garlic in large pot in olive oil.
  3. Add all other ingredients and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  4. This recipe is approx yield of 80 oz.
  5. If canning use canning salt otherwise this freezes nicely. I store in 20 oz containers.
Most Helpful

I wanted a tomato sauce made with fresh tomatoes and am so happy I chose this recipe. It was delicious!!! I think my Italian mother would have loved it. I served it over meat & cheese manicotti. I made two casseroles, one for my husband and I and another for my daughter and family. There were no leftovers. Thanks Potluck for a wonderful marinara sauce.

jahot August 21, 2009

This is excellent. My husband wanted to get a straw and slurp it up. I pointed out to him that it was too thick for a straw! My sauce was not watery at all. I followed the recipe exactly, well almost, I did not skin the tomatoes. I think because I used a very wide pan (13" diameter) more liquid evaporated. My food processor did a great job. Do not waste your time peeling the tomatoes.

lmacdonald3_10077534 September 23, 2013

I have made marinara my entire life, but I have never tried it with fresh tomatoes. I searched several databases to find a good recipe and I am glad I stopped here. This was the most fantastic recipe and fun to make. I used small plum tomatoes which are more meat and less juice, so my sauce came out nice and thick. I can now say I have found an award winning recipe for my tomatoes.

FSCM September 17, 2012