Monday, August 27, 2012

Scott's New Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes

Finally, my neighbor Pauli's garden tomatoes were ready.  She has 2 garden plots this year, with 26 tomato plants, Roma and Celebrity tomatoes.  Her tomatoes are so good.

 She gave us a about a 7 lb bag of Roma tomatoes, just gorgeous, and huge!

Of course Scott wanted to make Marinara sauce with these tomatoes. We couldn't let these beauties go to waste.  He started with SP Cookie Queen's Marinara Sauce, and went from there. It seemed like he was adding" everything but the kitchen sink".  He ended up with a thick, chunky sauce with carrots, green pepper, onions, celery,  mushrooms, and herbs, topped with Turkey Meatballs and cheese, (recipe to come laterfor the meatballs.)  There is nothing more wonderful, than to smell a pot of fresh Marinara Sauce, bubbling away on the stove, except then to eat the sauce with pasta.

We gave Our neighbor Pauli, a quart jar of sauce, and got 2 more quart freezer bags of sauce from the recipe.  I forsee lots of sauce and Pasta dinners in my future

Scott’s New Marinara Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes – Inspired by SP Cookie Queen


1/3 c olive oil

1 ½ cup chopped onion

1 cup finely chopped celery

1/2c finely chopped carrots

1/2 c finely chopped bell pepper

5 cloves garlic crushed

1/3 c Flat Leaf Parsley

1/2 lb Cremini Mushrooms, sliced

1/4 c fresh /basil, minced,

7 lbs. fresh tomatoes, Romas peeled** and chopped

1 15 oz can tomato sauce

1 6 oz can tomato paste

Sugar to taste

1/4 c Red Wine vinegar

1/2 tsp Red Pepper flakes, or to taste

1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning

2 bay leaves

1/2 cup dry red wine


In a large stock pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, green pepper, and garlic. Using a spice or coffee grinder, grind all dry spices.

Add spices and all other ingredients into the pot and simmer several hours, stirring occasionally until the sauce is the desired thickness.

**To easily peel or skin large quantities of tomatoes, wash and cut all the tomatoes in half, lengthwise, if using Romas, and lay them cut side down, single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil. Bake in a 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes or so, or place in an ice bath to speed up coo.ling.

Here is Pauli in her garden.  Thank you for the wonderful tomatoes. The sauce turned out so well.

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  1. A fantastic recipe with fabulous photos thanks for sharing!

    1. Claudia,
      You would love this sauce with lots of fresh veggies and turkey meatballs!

  2. My husband would beg for a taste of this!

    1. Kate,
      This sauce a such a wonderful flavor with all of the herbs, and fresh veggies. Fresh tomatoes make all of the difference.

  3. Oh, I love it when friends are willing and able to share the bounty of their gardens. Pauli is such a generous friend and fantastic gardener!

    I totally understand why you used Gina as inspiration. She is amazing in the kitchen and I do remember how delicious her marinara tasted. It looks as though Scott took it to a different level with his additions....very healthy and yummy!

    1. Christiane,
      Pauli is a wonderful and giving neighbor. Her vegetables a are fantastic.

      Gina is a wonderful friend, and is an inspiration in so many ways. Scott just keep adding ingredients to the sauce. That's why I called the sauce, "everything but the kitchen sink", sauce.

  4. This looks utterly amazing my friend, loving it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Uru,
      Thanks! This sauce is o flavorful and yummy!

  5. This recipe sounds good, really worth trying :)

    1. Medeja,
      This recipe is definitely worth trying, especially with the fresh tomatoes. If you can't get fresh tomatoes, it would would still be good.

  6. This sounds great Becky and I want to make it. Lucky you with such a good neighbor!!!

    1. Pam,
      this is a great sauce recipe, especially with the meatballs. My neighbor is the greatest.

  7. Scott sure did kick it up notches. I love Pauli's garden, I wish I could have planted this year. I have a big pot on the stove right now, I should have read this first. Maybe I can squeeze in one more this year, huh. I like meatballs with turkey too. Tell Scott keep the great recipes coming.

    1. Gina,
      Scott loves to cook, and especially make home made pasta sauce with fresh tomatoes and meatballs.

  8. Ohh this looks amazing! great sauce!
    Mary x

    1. Mary,
      Thank you! This a great sauce with so many great flavors, and fresh tomatoes.

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