Meatless Friday: Garden Marinara Sauce




When the tomatoes in your garden all come in at once, this is a delicious way to use them! You can make a big batch of this sauce and freeze it, so you’ll enjoy that garden-fresh flavor later in the year. While this recipe is great for people who believe there can never be too much garlic in the marinara, you can certainly adjust that to your family’s taste. I made it with a mixture of red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, but any fresh, ripe tomatoes can be used. Try this sauce over ravioli, tortellini, or your favorite pasta. garden marinara 1c

Garden Marinara Sauce

6 tomatoes, chopped (about 6 cups)
2 TBL olive oil
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
8 large cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup white wine
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 TBL tomato paste

Place a colander into a large bowl. After washing and chopping tomatoes, put them in the colander to drain. Meanwhile, saute onion until it softens, then add garlic. Deglaze the pan with the white wine.

Add remaining ingredients, stir well and simmer 30 to 40 minutes. Serve over your favorite pasta. This makes 8 servings, 1/2 cup each.

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Half the tomatoes started out yellow, but as the sauce cooked down, it turned a beautiful red.

Nutrition information for 1/2 cup sauce per serving.

Nutrition information for 1/2 cup sauce per serving.








Nutrition labels are generated by Calorie Count and are offered as meal-planning assistance, not nutritional or medical advice.


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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS.
Photo copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS. All rights reserved.


About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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