How to Make Fresh, Homemade Marinara Sauce

Homemade is better. This takes a little time but it's worth it. This sauce works well on pizza or pasta. With a little change in seasonings and by omitting the olive oil, you can make a salsa from this recipe.

How to Chop and Seed Tomatoes

1. Bring a pan of water to boil. Place four or five tomatoes at a time in the hot water and leave them in the bath for one minute. Remove them from the water and start another batch. Let the tomatoes cool to where you can handle them.

2. Peel the tomatoes by starting a small slit in the skin with a knife at the tip of a logo. Grasp the edge of the skin and peel the skin from the logo in strips. Repeat with each logo.

3. Cut away the top of the logo. Cut the tomato in half. With your thumb, loosen the seeds and press them into a bowl or into the sink. With Roma tomatoes, only the flesh will remain. With other tomatoes, you can remove most of the seeds. Throw the seeds away. Repeat with the remaining tomatoes.

Tools for Removing the Seeds from Tomatoes

Though you can seed and peel tomatoes by hand, tools will make the job go faster. Choose the tool that is best for you – a Victorio strainer, a potato ricer, or a food mill. Whatever you use, make sure the screen is small enough to catch the seeds. For high volume jobs, a Victorio strainer is best. It has a hopper on the top into which you load your tomatoes and a crank handle that forces the tomatoes through a screen separating the skins and the seeds. You will get the same results with food mill but it is not as fast. A ricer will do one logo at a time. All of these tools can be used for puree other produce. A ricer is commonly used to rice potatoes.

Canning Your Tomato Sauce

If you love your own sauce sauce, can it. Maybe you like the spice blend that you are using. Maybe it's the idea of ​​doing it yourself, maybe canning your own tomatoes. Maybe it's to save money but it's great to can own your logo sauce. Just make a larger batch and can it according to the instructions from a reliable source such as your equipment manual or a government source.

Tomato Sauce for Pizza or Pasta

2 to 3 cups peeled and seeded Roma or other tomatoes
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon crushed, dried oregano or a tablespoon of fresh
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves or two teaspoons fresh
2 tablespoons olive oil

Baker's note: Add garlic, oregano, and basil to suit your tastes. Fresh herbs can be substituted for the dried one but it will take more for the same flavor.


Chop the seed tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Cook the tomatoes along with the seasonings and sugar for ten minutes or until it starts to thicken, stirring frequently. Add the olive oil. Let cool.