Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes: This homemade marinara sauce is made ultra-simply from scratch with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. No cans here, just delicious, fresh from the garden tomato sauce! With over 200 five-star reviews, it’s a foolproof summer classic.

Homemade Marinara Sauce Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes



  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 15 mL
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 fresh tomatoes 1 to 1.5 lbs, diced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Italian parsley flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp honey 15 g
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper



  • Cook tomatoes: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and allow to simmer uncovered until tomatoes have mostly broken down, about 25 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning.


  • Herbs: Stir in remaining ingredients. Continue simmering about 10 minutes.
  • Serve: You can serve it like this or puree it in a food processor/blender for a smoother sauce.


Tips & Tricks

  • Use maple syrup instead of honey to make this recipe vegan.

Nutrition Information


Serving: 0.25cup Calories: 39kcal (2%) Carbohydrates: 5.6g (2%) Protein: 0.8g (2%) Fat: 1.9g (3%) Saturated Fat: 0.3g (2%) Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 151mg (7%) Potassium: 190mg (5%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 4.2g (5%) Calcium: 10mg (1%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)


What’s The Best Texture For Marinara?

This marinara sauce is naturally chunky, but you can easily make it into a smooth and silky marinara with a quick blitz in the blender. I prefer to use a handheld immersion blender to puree it right in the pot, but you could also transfer it (carefully – hot!) to a countertop blender.


What Are The Best Tomatoes For Marinara Sauce?

You can use almost any tomato to make marinara sauce from scratch, but the best ones will be the paste tomatoes. These are meatier and have less water content, meaning you need to cook them for less time to get to that nice, thick sauce. Look for Roma or San Marzano tomatoes (and learn about the different types of tomatoes here).


How To Make Marinara Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes

To make this simple marinara sauce, heat a touch of oil in a pot, add some garlic, throw in diced fresh tomatoes and let that all simmer. Not only is cooking going to break these tomatoes down into a smooth sauce and remove those sour tones, but it’s also going to increase the concentration of lycopene, one of the most potent antioxidants!

Once you’ve cooked down the tomatoes into your desired thickness and consistency, add in your flavor makers: basil, parsley, and honey.

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