Fresh Grilled Tomato Marinara Sauce

Directly Above Shot Of Tomatoes Gravy In Pan
Michael Möller / EyeEm / Getty Images
  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups of sauce (8 servings)
Ratings (4)

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.

What You'll Need

  • 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

How 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.
  1. 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.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir together. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Add water if the sauce becomes too thick.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 151
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 601 mg
Carbohydrates 20 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Protein 4 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)