"tomato" Sauce

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
Recipe by Nicole Dominiqueacu

A family staple. I am not sure how the ladies before me (mom, grandma, et cetera...) would feel about me making this recipe public, but the WORLD needs to enjoy this. This marina sauce runs through my blood. This marina sauce is the REASON I needed to learn how to cook for myself... I could NOT live without it simply because my ladies passed away! The "Tomatoe" spelling is from my mother's hand-written recipe card where she wrote down the recipe as my Grandma Tina taught it to her. I will post the recipe exactly as I found it and add the little changes I made to it in parentheses. Please feel free to double or triple this recipe, freeze it for later, to send to family or anyone else who needs a little food affection (this sauce = love) - excellent on pastas, ravioli, on pizzas for italian bread dipping... whatever else you would like to do with a delicious marina sauce!

Top Review by Nina W.

Thank you,thank you, thank you. I had a huge harvest of tomatoes and while looking for recipes I found yours. It is wonderful and I will pass on to my daughter and daughter-in-law. I made two double batches using fresh tomatoes and fresh basil from the garden. I will freeze and add meat later for my husband. May even give as Christmas gifts with some bread, pasta and bottle of wine in a basket. This will be used over and over again.

I have now been using this recipe for a few years and paniced when I could not find this year due to remodeling. I finally found and plan to make in my new kitchen. I love the smell that permeates every corner of the house. Thank you for sharing your family recipe which shall live on in our family too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil.
  2. Add tomato paste plus one can of water and simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Add strained can of whole tomatoes plus 1/2 can of the water from that can (I found this step annoying and silly and I always ended up adding more liquid in the process anyway! So I just throw the whole can in at this point - liquid and all plus a half of a can of water.).
  4. Add all of the remaining ingredients and cook for 2 HOURS (stir and enjoy the aroma intermittently throughout the process).

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