Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce

This homemade marinara sauce will have the whole families mouths watering! The aroma as it bakes hints at the bold flavors come dinner time.

It can be used in several different ways, pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, and tomato soup! The ingredients are simple, but don’t let that fool you, the bold flavor will have people thinking you slaved for hours creating your dish.

So let’s get MESSY!


  • 12 medium tomatoes
  • 2 packages of sweet yellow cherry tomatoes
  • 3/4 medium white onion
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 can of tomato paste
  • 3/4 pound pealed carrots
  • Fresh basil leaves to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425


2. Prepare vegetables

Core the large tomatoes, leave them as whole as possible. We will be using them as small bowls. Don’t worry about peeling them, they will roast down nicely on their own. You can leave your sweet cherry tomatoes whole, as well as your peeled garlic cloves. Cut your white onion and shallot into 1/4 quarters.
Add all vegetables to a 9″x13″ backing dish. Make sure all large tomatoes are lined evenly and are upright like bowls. Add olive oil inside each of the large tomato bowls and drizzle olive oil over all other vegetables in the dish. Roast the vegetables for 40 minutes.
Now you’re ready to start steaming your peeled carrots.
After about 20 minutes stir the roasting vegetables a little so they continue breaking down evenly and get those juices bubbling.

3. Strain cooked vegetables

When the vegetables have cooked down nicely, remove them from the oven and allow to cool down.

After cooling, strain the juices from the vegetables and set aside. You will need the juice later.


4. Blend vegetables

Put all the roasted veggies, steamed carrots, brown sugar, and basil into a blender or food processor.

Blend until the sauce is thick and smooth. For our family we like a thick sauce, but you can thin it out with the strained juice collected earlier. Add a little juice while blending until you get the consistency you like and you’re ready to serve your awesome homemade sauce! For our dinner we had homemade pizza!
I hope you enjoy it as much as our family did. This dish was inspired by Frugallivingnw.com
Thanks for visiting Messy Foodie,


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