Tomato Marinara

Sure, you can buy marinara premade at the grocery store, but nothing is quite as comforting as homemade tomato sauce simmering on the stove. From a health standpoint, we also love tomato sauce because tomatoes contain the health-promoting antioxidant, lycopene, which becomes more available to your body when it's heated.


  • 20 Roma Tomato – or use 2-28 oz cans of peeled tomatoes
  • 6 Garlic, clove
  • 1/2 Onion, raw – large, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar, unpacked
  • 8 Basil – leaves
  • 1 tbsp Oregano, dried
  • 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar, balsamic
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Pepper, sweet, raw
  • 1/4 tbsp Olive Oil



Score 20 Roma tomatoes (place a shallow X on the bottom of each tomato).


Bring a pot of water to a boil. Submerge tomatoes in boiling water for 15-20 seconds, depending on ripeness, until the skins are loosened.


Move the blanched tomatoes to a bowl of ice or cold water. Peel the skins off from the X.


Add peeled tomatoes to a pot and crush tomatoes with the blender on LOW speed for 5 seconds.


Add remaining ingredients to the pot — garlic, onion, brown sugar, oregano, Italian seasoning, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves, salt, pepper, and olive oil.


Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to simmer on low for 45 minutes - 1 hour.


Remove bay leaves.


Blend sauce until desired consistency. For a chunkier sauce, blend 4-5 pulses. For a smoother consistency, blend 5-10 pulses.


Add in 8 leaves of basil and simmer for 30 more minutes until thick.

Nutritional information

Recipe: Tomato Marinara

Serving in this recipe: 18

Calories: 50
Total Fat: 1 g 1.2%
Saturated Fat: 0 g 0.2%
Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
Sodium: 393.3 mg 16.4%
Total Carbs: 9 g 3.2%
Dietary Fiber: 1 g 5.2%
Sugar: 5 g  
Protein: 1 g 2.5%
Vitamin A: 0.1% Vitamin C: 45.7%
Calcium: 3% Iron: 2.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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