Fresh Grilled Tomato Marinara Sauce

Directly Above Shot Of Tomatoes Gravy In Pan
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Ratings (4)
  • 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
(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.