Fresh Grilled Tomato Marinara Sauce

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  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups of sauce (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
151 Calories
8g Fat
20g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 cups of sauce (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 601mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 4g
Calcium 91mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is a fantastic way to add an extra level of deliciousness to a fresh marinara sauce. Grilling the tomatoes allows easy removal of the skin and infuses each piece with a light smoky flavor. This method is great for those looking to prepare homemade meals low in added sugars, which are often found in ​store-bought marinara sauces.


  • 14 tomatoes (medium-sized, firm)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons/15 mL fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2-3 large basil leaves (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Cut tomatoes in half and remove the stems.

  2. Using 2 tablespoons of olive oil, lightly brush the cut ends of the tomatoes.

  3. Place tomatoes cut side down on a preheated grill over a medium heat. Grill for about 5 minutes or until the tomatoes start to brown and you can easily lift the skin off. Remove from grill.

  4. Carefully, remove skins from tomatoes, lightly blend in a blender or food processor and set aside.

  5. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over a medium heat. Add onions. While stirring cook onions until they soften and turn translucent.

  6. Add remaining ingredients and stir together. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Add water if the sauce becomes too thick.