Marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes

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This homemade marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes is easy to make. This flavorsome sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, some fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. Simmered to perfection, this sauce is great for pasta, and soups, as a dipping sauce. Try this easy homemade Marinara sauce that is better than any store-bought. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb.

 

Marinara Sauce made with fresh tomatoes

 

MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

Marinara sauce is a savory blend of tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil. It’s a versatile sauce, that can be served over pasta, as a dipping sauce, or used in your favorite recipe. I use this homemade Marinara sauce to make my family’s favorite Minestrone Soup and Chicken Parmesan… Yum!!

Homemade Marinara sauce is easy to make and with just a few basic ingredients you can make this delicious Marinara sauce at home. There are a few variations to this Marinara sauce that include capers, olives, spices, and some wine, occasionally. I am sharing a simple recipe, that can be made with just a few basic ingredients. However, the recipe can be adapted to suit your taste.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MARINARA AND SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Marinara sauce is a base for pretty much all the sauces – spaghetti, pizza, pasta sauce, etc. It is mainly tomatoes, fresh herbs, and seasonings, whereas spaghetti sauce has other ingredients such as meat or other vegetables, and cheese.

Marinara sauce is comparatively thin and runny, while spaghetti sauce is quite thick, due to added meat, veggies, and cheese.

 

 

INGREDIENTS FOR MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

2 lbs fresh, ripe tomatoes, diced

1 medium carrot, grated

1 large onion, diced

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

A handful of fresh parsley, chopped

1 – 2 teaspoon sugar or preferred sweetener (optional)

2 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper, adjust to taste

Pic Shown: Homemade Marinara Sauce made with fresh tomatoes

 

Spagetti with sauce

 

HOW TO MAKE MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

This Marinara Sauce is easy to make, and in less than 30 minutes you have the best, homemade sauce, packed with fresh and flavorsome ingredients. The best part about this homemade Marinara sauce is that it only uses fresh ingredients, no canned tomatoes, and sugar.

PREP FOR MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

Dice the tomatoes and onions. Peel and mince the garlic.

INSTANT POT MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

Turn ON sauté (more), when it displays “HOT”, add oil.

Add garlic and onions, and sauté for 30-60 seconds.

Add dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, and sauté for 30-60 seconds. Turn OFF sauté mode.

Add tomatoes, carrots, fresh basil, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well.

 

Instant Pot Marinara Sauce

 

Close the IP lid, and turn ON Manual / Pressure Cook (high) for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes.

Open the IP lid, using a hand blender, and carefully blend the sauce to the desired consistency.

OPTIONAL: Turn ON the sauté (less), and cook the sauce for 3-5 minutes to the desired consistency. Add sugar, or preferred sweetener to balance the tartness in the sauce.

Let the sauce cool down, and transfer it into a clean, air-tight glass container.

This recipe yields around 16 ounces of Marinara sauce. The sauce stays fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator.

STOVETOP MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

In a heavy bottom pot or a Dutch oven, follow the recipe as discussed earlier. Sauté onions, garlic, spices.

Add tomatoes, carrots, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Cook the tomatoes, stirring occasionally until almost all the moisture has evaporated. This will take around 25-30 minutes. The rest of the recipe is the same as Instant Pot.

Adjust the heat, to prevent any splattering of the sauce. You can also use a lid or a splatter screen. 

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Marinara Sauce

 

Instant Pot marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes

 

TIPS FOR THE BEST MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

Star ingredient of this recipe is tomatoes. Tomatoes that are low in water content are ideal for making sauce. They also have fewer seeds as compared to other varieties of tomatoes.

Roma, also known as plum tomatoes, have a firm texture, are relatively low in water content, have fewer seeds, and have a sweet-tart flavor, which makes them an ideal candidate for making sauce. Due to the low water content, they cook relatively quicker than the other variety of tomatoes.

Use extra virgin olive oil to sauté the onions and garlic. Olive oil adds a nice flavor to the sauce.

Use a combination of dried and fresh herbs, for a balanced flavor. 

Carrots are optional, but they add a nice sweet flavor and texture to the sauce. They also help balance the tart flavor of the tomatoes. You can use other root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, or beetroots, instead of carrots.

The sauce can be enhanced with different veggies such as zucchini, celery, and mushrooms for added flavor and nutrient value. I think adding veggies to the sauce is a great way of incorporating veggies into our diet. 

Depending upon the moisture in the tomatoes, the sauce may be a bit runny. Simmer the sauce for a couple of minutes to the desired consistency. 

Before canning the sauce, cool completely before transferring it into a glass jar. Follow the canning instructions, that come with the canning jars.

 

Marinara Sauce with fresh tomatoes

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT TOMATOES TO USE FOR MARINARA SAUCE

Tomatoes that are low in moisture, and less acidic, are the best for sauces. Roma tomatoes, fall in this category and have fewer seeds as compared to other tomatoes. They add a great flavor and texture when cooked down into a sauce. 

I prefer Roma tomatoes, for these reasons. However, feel free to use the tomatoes available. Depending upon the moisture in the tomatoes, you may have to cook the sauce a little longer.  

HOW MANY TOMATOES IN A POUND

Around 5-6, Roma tomatoes make a pound. I have used around 10 medium to large tomatoes, which equals 2 pounds for this recipe.

CAN I PEEL TOMATOES FOR MARINARA SAUCE

When using the fresh tomatoes, the sauce does have some tomato peel. If you prefer sauce without the tomato peel, you can either peel the tomatoes, before chopping or blanch the tomatoes and discard the skin.

Once you have peeled the tomatoes, follow the recipe as suggested.

WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR CARROT

Carrots help cut back on the acidity in the sauce. This, help balance the flavors overall. They also help give the sauce a nice consistency.

You can use any root vegetable, that is sweet, such as sweet potato, beet, or beetroots, which can also be used instead of carrots.

However, please note, that depending upon the vegetables used, the color and taste may vary. If using beets, use a very small piece, around 2-3 tablespoons.

WHY DO I NEED SUGAR

Depending upon the variety of tomatoes used, they can be acidic, at times. Adding carrots, help balance the tart flavor, and also impart some sweetness to the sauce. However, you may need little extra sweetness to balance the flavor and mellow down the tart flavor of the tomatoes. You can use sugar or sweetener of your choice.

CAN I ADD OTHER VEGETABLES TO MARINARA SAUCE

Yes, you can add vegetables of your choice. I sometimes also like to add some mushrooms, zucchini, and bell peppers to my marinara sauce. Feel free to use veggies of your choice.

CAN I USE WINE FOR MARINARA SAUCE

I have not used wine in my recipe. However, if you prefer, feel free to use some red or white cooking wine. Make sure to cook the wine down, before pressure cooking.

I DON’T LIKE TOMATO SEEDS

Fresh tomatoes, will have some seeds, unlike canned tomatoes. You can blend the sauce to a fine puree, so the seeds get blended too. If you prefer you can also deseed the tomatoes, before chopping them, and then use them as suggested in the recipe.

WHY IS MY MARINARA SAUCE REDDISH-ORANGE

The main reason is fresh versus canned tomatoes. Most of the recipes use canned tomatoes to make marinara sauce. I use fresh tomatoes to make this sauce.

The color of the sauce depends upon the color of the tomatoes. Also, the addition of carrots imparts some orangish color to the sauce.

Typically, homemade marinara sauce is slightly reddish-orange instead of bright red, like the store-bought ones, that use canned tomatoes.

If you prefer red bright-colored marinara sauce, you can add a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste or a couple of canned whole tomatoes. This will give bright red color to the sauce.

MY MARINA SAUCE IS TOO RUNNY

Depending upon the moisture in the tomatoes, the sauce may turn out a bit runny. Cook the sauce on sauté mode (less), until desired consistency.

WHILE PRESSURE COOKING DO I NEED TO ADD WATER

No, you don’t need to add any water while pressure cooking, since tomatoes have a lot of moisture and are enough to build the pressure and cook the tomatoes.

HOW TO PRESERVE MARINARA SAUCE

You can, can the marinara sauce. Follow the instructions on the canning jars, and can the marinara sauce.

Alternatively, the marinara sauce can also be frozen for a couple of months. Divide the sauce into freezer-safe containers, and freeze it.

I make a huge batch and freeze some for later, so convenient.

HOW TO SERVE MARINARA SAUCE

Marinara sauce can be served in many ways. Some of the ways my family enjoys marinara sauce are:

On a bowl of spaghetti, on pizza, on bagel bites

As a dipping with some breadsticks, chicken tenders

I love to use marinara sauce in soups, Minestrone  is my go-to recipe.

CAN I DOUBLE THE RECIPE

Yes, you can double or even triple the recipe depending upon the size of the Instant Pot.

Make sure NOT to fill the inner pot of the Instant pot more than two-thirds of its size.

 

Spaghetti with sauce

 

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Homemade Marinara Sauce made with fresh tomatoes-Instant Pot

Marinara Sauce With Fresh Tomatoes

Jyoti Behrani
Homemade Marinara sauce is quite simple and easy to make. This flavorsome sauce is made with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, some fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 16 ounces

Ingredients
  

INGREDIENTS FOR MARINARA SAUCE

  • 2 lbs fresh, ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • Handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1– 2 teaspoon sugar or preferred sweetener (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, adjust to taste

Instructions
 

PREP FOR MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

  • Dice the tomatoes and onions. Peel and mince the garlic.

INSTANT POT MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

  • You will need an Instant Pot
    Turn ON saute (more), when it displays “HOT”, add oil.
  • Add garlic and onions, and saute for 30-60 seconds.
  • Add dried basil, oregano, and garlic powder, and saute for 30-60 seconds. Turn OFF saute mode.
  • Add tomatoes, carrots, fresh basil, parsley, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Close the IP lid, and turn ON Manual / Pressure Cook (high) for 10 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes.
  • Open the IP lid, using a hand blender, and carefully blend the sauce to the desired consistency.
  • OPTIONAL: Turn ON saute (less), and cook the sauce for 3-5 minutes to the desired consistency. Add sugar, or preferred sweetener to balance the tartness in the sauce.
  • Let the sauce cool down, and transfer it into a clean, air-tight glass container.
  • This recipe yields around 16 ounces of Marinara sauce. The sauce stays fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator.

STOVETOP MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES

  • In a heavy bottom pot or a Dutch oven, follow the recipe as discussed earlier. Saute onions, garlic, spices.
  • Add tomatoes, carrots, fresh herbs, salt, and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Cook the tomatoes, stirring occasionally until almost all the moisture has evaporated. This will take around 25-30 minutes. The rest of the recipe is the same as Instant Pot.
  • Adjust the heat, to prevent any splattering of the sauce. You can also use a lid or a splatter screen.

Notes

Please refer to the post for the following:
  1. TIPS FOR BEST MARINARA SAUCE WITH FRESH TOMATOES
  2. FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Marinara Sauce with fresh tomatoes

 

Jyoti Behrani

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Beth

    Can This marinara sauce be frozen?

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Yes, you can freeze the sauce for couple of months. Divide the sauce into freezer safe containers, and freeze it. Thanks!

  2. Kathleen A Harrington

    5 stars
    I tried it. Not too bad actually. The next time i’ll put in half the basil. I’m not a fan of that much basil. I did have to add a can of tomato sauce because my imersion blender was having a hard time with the small amount in my pot. After I IP’d it, I fried up beef and put it in with some tomato paste to make it redder. I’ll make it again

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  3. Paula

    5 stars
    I used plum tomatoes from my garden. Excellent results just as written. It will be my go to marinara for canning.

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  4. Stacie

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it turned out delicious! I used fresh tomatoes from the garden and doubled the recipe amount. Only addition was one tablespoon of tomato paste and a pinch of red pepper flakes. It was much easier than prior recipes I’ve tried which require blanching and peeling. I used it to make eggplant parm and froze the rest. I will definitely using this recipe in the future. It’s a keeper!

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thank you for sharing your feedback. Greatly appreciated!

  5. Emily

    5 stars
    This recipe was so simple and delicious! Such a great way to use ripe summer tomatoes without having to stand over a hot stove for hours. My kids are huge pasta fans, so I’ll be making this regularly!

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  6. Anu

    5 stars
    I made this using tomatoes from our garden. I chopped up the carrot rather than grating it. I also added some TVP at the start to thicken it. This sauce freezes well. Definitely worth a try.

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

  7. Terrie

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have made several batches and thrown them in my freezer for this winter. I have also added jalapeño as we like it spicy. Great recipe, Thank you for sharing.

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Awesome! I am so glad you liked my recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing your feedback!

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