Marinara Sauce Recipe
and How to Make Tomato Sauce

Make the best marinara sauce recipe when you first learn how to make tomato sauce. 

When you learn how to make tomato sauce it can be used as the base for your homemade marinara sauce recipes.

And learning how to make tomato sauce the old fashioned way is a great way to use up those extra tomatoes from your garden. 

Or when fresh tomatoes are in season at your local farmer's markets.

How to Make Tomato Sauce


  • 2 1/2 pounds of Organic Ripe or Plum Tomatoes
  • Fresh Organic Basil Leaves
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil


  1. Wash the tomatoes and cut them in half.  Remove the base of the stem and squeeze out the seeds and pulp into a bowl.
  2. Then place the tomatoes into a cooking pot on low heat to soften for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove tomatoes and put them thru a food mill.  Then put strained tomatoes back into the pot to heat for an additional 15 minutes.
  4. Add seasoning, olive oil, and a few basil leaves - stir for a minute or two.
  5. Remove from heat and your tomato sauce is ready to use in a marinara sauce recipe.

Learning how to make tomato sauce can be relatively quick and easy.  You just need a few good quality ingredients to make a great tasting tomato sauce.

The most important ingredient is organic ripe tomatoes.  It's how to make tomato sauce that beats anything you will buy at the store.

Italian Plum Tomatoes

Italian plum tomatoes are also referred to as San Marzano tomatoes.  These tomatoes have an oval shape and great flavor.

They make the best tomato sauce because they have fewer seeds, are sweeter, and meatier than most tomatoes. 

As a tip, do not store your fresh tomatoes in the refrigerator as this will take away their flavor.

And you can either grow your own organic plum tomatoes or just use any fresh organic tomatoes from your local farmer's market.

Marinara Sauce Recipe
- Tomato Sauce with Basil and Red Wine


  • 1 Med Yellow Organic Onion (diced)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp. of Organic Garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of Fresh Basil Leaves (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups Organic Red Wine
  • 4 cups Crushed Organic San Marzano Tomatoes or Homemade Tomato Sauce
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Organic Sugar (to taste)
  • 2 tsp. Dried Organic Oregano

You can also add in fresh diced tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, or red chili peppers to enhance your marinara sauce recipe.

This recipe is similar to my father's homemade marinara sauce.  Although, he cooks a few slices of bacon and uses the bacon fat (saves the cooked bacon to add in later) instead of using olive oil to saute.

He also uses soy sauce to replace some of the salt in his marinara sauce recipe.  And he makes the best tasting marinara that I've ever had!


  1. Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil - stir in the fresh basil.
  2. Next, add in the red wine and your choice of tomato sauce - stir to combine.
  3. Let your marinara sauce come up to a simmer and cook for approximately 5 minutes - while stirring.
  4. Adjust the flavor of your marinara sauce by adding in more olive oil, red wine, or basil.
  5. Then season your marinara sauce with salt, pepper, sugar, and dried oregano - simmer a little longer to marry the flavors.

The great thing about learning how to make tomato sauce or your own homemade marinara sauce is that you can take control over all of the ingredients. 

And you can also use your homemade marinara sauce in many other classic foods like Cioppino.

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