Homemade Marinara Sauce using fresh tomatoes
It is very simple to prepare Marinara sauce from scratch, so simple that it doesn’t even need a recipe! Full of flavour from fresh ripe tomatoes, garlic and herbs, I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love this.
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30minutes 30minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring 2-3 L of water to boil. Place the washed tomatoes with cross slits in the water. Bring to a boil. After 5 minutes, switch off the gas. Remove tomatoes from water and let cool. Once cool enough to handle, peel of the tomatoes and give them a rough chop.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and saute the chopped garlic for a few seconds. Do not brown.
  3. Add the chopped basil (most of it) and chopped blanched tomatoes. Bring this to a boil. Add the tomato paste and salt, mix this in well. Reduce the flame and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  5. Remove into an airtight container or jar. Once cooled, refrigerate until you need to use it. This will stay for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Cooking notes:
*Along with the garlic, you can also add a finely chopped small onion. Saute until soft and then add the tomatoes.

*Adding a tablespoon or two of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar adds not only flavour but also increases the shelf life of this marinara sauce by a a couple of days.

*If you like a spicy sauce, then add a big pinch of chili flakes to the sauce while it is simmering.

*You can prepare this sauce a day or two in advance for your dinner party and a simple penne pasta rolled in pre-prepared marinara sauce with a few shavings of a good Parmesan cheese will make an easy yet wonderful main course.