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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.
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.
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.
I canned about 50 quarts of this from our home-grown tomatoes and basil. We have loved this sauce! It isn't too sweet or reminiscent of tomato paste. The sauce is a thinner sauce, but I don't recommend merely adding more paste, maybe reduce longer or cut back on liquids. Thank you for a fantastic recipe! We'll be canning it again this summer!!
We really enjoyed the flavor a lot. It was a little too watery for us, so next time I'll double the paste. Thanks for posting!
OMG, amazing. We used canned tomatoes (2 x 28 oz for 1/2 of the recipe). I pureed them in the food processor along with the onion & fresh herbs (parsley, oregano & basil) I substituted for dried. We don't like our sauce too spicy so we cut pepper flakes in 1/2. My hubby liked this so much he wanted spaghetti & meatballs right away.
I found this recipe 3 weeks ago. I realize it is from 2007, but this recipe deserves 10 stars. I usually don't follow recipes exactly the way they are written, but decided to do so with this one. I also never write reviews, but I just had to this time. I had an abundance of home-grown tomatoes, so I've been able to made 3 batches of this sauce. It is absolutely THE best marinara sauce I have ever tasted. I froze the sauce rather than canning it. I left out the red pepper flakes because I can't eat anything spicy or hot, and it was sweet and thick. Do yourself a huge favor.....make this sauce.
There is a restaurant in Lake Charles, Louisiana called "Mama Rosas" run by a wonderful woman from Napals. She makes her own sauces and pastas and her mariana sauce is the best I've ever had so I went in search of a recipe that mirrors it and this is it!!!! Perfect blend of spices and the tartness of the tomatoes is perfect!!!!!!! Thanks you for this wonderful recipe!!!!
Great sauce when using fresh tomatoes from your garden! You must cook the sauce for a couple of hours to reduce the water content and develop the rich and hearty taste.