Home Made Marinara

Maggie May Schill


I've been trying to be very conscious lately about the food I buy. I'm trying to buy organic if at all possible lately. Especially produce with thin skins that absorb pesticides., like tomatoes and apples. In the end I believe the only way to change the way food is grown and produced in America is by the food we choose to buy at the store. If cheap food filled with pesticides, genetically modified substances, and foreign chemicals are the foods being bought, then that will be the foods being sold. I think we vote three times a day on what kind of food we want sold, so when ever possible I promote locally and organically grown produce.

In honor of organic, I made my home-made marinara, all ingredients certified organic. All of us who live in Florida are aware of how flavorless locally grown tomatoes can be. The summer sun sucks the moisture out of the thin skinned fruit, so most tomatoes sold in the grocery stores are ripened off the vine with nitrogen gas. Yuck! They are bitter, watery and lack any depth to their flavors. I however went out of my way to hunt down some organic, locally grown in the green house tomatoes. Might be the only way to get a good tomato in Florida that isn't imported.

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30 Min


1 Hr 40 Min


Stove Top


fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 inch cubes
2 Tbsp
extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 can(s)
fresh parsley, chopped
fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
whole fresh basil leaf
5 clove
garlic, chopped
red bell pepper, sliced
1 small
sweet onion, chopped

Directions Step-By-Step

In a hot sauce pan, pour extra-virgin olive oil.
Let oil smoke over medium high heat.
Add garlic, once garlic sweats add onion. Cook both until translucent.
Stir in tomatoes and bell pepper, add whole basil leaf and stew covered on medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
Bring heat up to medium. Add parsley and stir for 5 minutes.
With immersion blender, blend completely smooth. (unless you a prefer chunky marinara of course.)
Add chiffonade basil and stir.
Set to low heat.
Serve hot over pasta, or cold as a dipping sauce.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Hashtags: #marinara, #made, #home