Homemade Marinara Sauce With Your Garden Tomatoes

Homemade Marinara Sauce With Your Garden Tomatoes

Fall means harvesting produce for many of us. If you're lucky, your green thumb has turned your green tomatoes into dozens of ripe, beautiful tomatoes. Although some gardeners plant tomatoes so they can spend a day canning their freshly made salsa or marinara jars, not all of us have that many tomatoes, or that much desire to can. Instead, use this quick and easy recipe for yummy marinara sauce to top on all your favorite dishes. From spaghetti to pizza, you'll love the freshness of having your homegrown tomatoes on display.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 or 7 large tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp honey


  1. Dice tomatoes and place in large bowl. Mince garlic, fresh basil, and oregano, and place them in separate bowls.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until slightly browned.
  3. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes. The tomatoes will start to break down and thicken.
  4. Add the basil, oregano, salt, ground black pepper, and honey to the mixture. Cook another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. The marinara will be quite thick and chunky at this point. For a thinner, less chunky sauce, run it through a food processor until smooth.
  6. Enjoy with your favorite meals or freeze in 1-2 cup portions.

Don't let your garden tomatoes go to waste. This recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy the taste of summer all winter long.