Tomato plants are a major staple in most people’s gardens. You can grow them in the in the ground, a raised bed, or even hanging! Basil is also an extremely common herb to grow! We have both in our garden! Roma, Big Boy tomatoes and Sweet Basil, yum!
When you pick a ton of tomatoes in one day, an awesome thing to make is fresh homemade marinara sauce! Mmmmmm delish!
Here is a recipe for a super simple, easy, and quick marinara, you’ll never go back to store bought!
This recipe makes about 32 ounces. The sauce stores well in the fridge, so if you have a crazy amount of tomatoes make extra! Give it to friends and family…they will soon be knocking down your door for more! And if you’re into canning, go for it!
What you’ll need:
- About 25 tomatoes (I used about half and half Roma and big boy, so depending on the type of tomato you use you may need a few more or a few less)
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- About 20 leaves of fresh basil (coarsely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon flour
One thing that you will need for the recipe is an emulsion blender or something similar. If you’ve tried your hand at making marinara sauce before, you’ll have noticed that a lot of them call for the skins of the tomatoes to be peeled off. If you have an emulsion blender you don’t have to do that!
First, wash all your tomatoes and remove all the seeds and chop them up into big chunks and emulsify!!! Once you have a nice, smooth sauce, set this on the side. In a pot on the stove, heat the extra virgin olive oil on medium and grate or microplane the garlic and sauté. When your garlic is tender and the flour to make a paste. Now add your tomato puree! Combine everything well and bring it up to a bubble and add salt and pepper to taste.
Let it simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes and then add the fresh basil. Let it cook for another minute or two and then remove it from the heat, pour it in a jar, and let it cool. Now you are ready for a super tasty Italian meal! YUM!!
For my husband and I, we were able to use this amount for 3 meals: Egg Plant Parmesan with Pasta, Spaghetti, and also as the sauce on a large pizza!