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Fresh Tomato Marinara

Tami Kramer Nutmeg Notebook Inspired by Miyoko Schinner
Three ingredients including fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil transform into a delicious marinara.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 6


  • skillet


  • 4 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 10-12 garlic cloves, minced or to taste
  • fresh basil to taste


  • Wash tomatoes, remove stems and cut them into pieces.
  • Use a wide deep skillet for best results. Preheat the skillet, add a little water and sauté the garlic briefly for about 30 seconds - be careful to not burn it.
  • Add all of the tomatoes and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer. Stir frequently and simmer for 40 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down and it becomes saucy.
  • Add freshly chopped basil and stir to combine it.


This sauce freezes well.
No fresh basil - use a dried Italian Herbs seasoning or dried basil.
To make it a little heartier add some cooked lentils or white beans.
Serving suggestions; over your favorite pasta, zucchini noodles, in lasagna, over a baked potato stuffed with steamed broccoli.
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