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LivLight Market Marinara

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1 hour

8 Servings

There’s nothing better than summer tomatoes, and who doesn’t love a homemade marinara?

This sauce is delicious right out of the pot and gets even better with time.

Make a big pot on Sunday and use it throughout the week on pasta, veggies, and grilled fish.

Recipe by Laurie Lloyd, NLC. Visit Laurie’s website at and follow her on Instagram at @livlight_.

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (4 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

1 hour

8 Servings


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

3 pounds fresh tomatoes, cored and chopped

1/2 cup fresh basil, tightly packed

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper



LivLight Market Marinara
  1. Heat oil on medium–high in a large pot or dutch oven. Add onion and garlic and sauté for about a minute.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil, and parsley and mix well to combine. Cover and cook on medium heat about 10 minutes, until tomatoes are just starting to fall apart.
  3. Carefully transfer to blender and blend for just a few seconds, leaving mixture a bit chunky.
  4. Return to pot and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  5. Add salt and red pepper to taste. If your tomatoes were not quite ripe, you may want to add 1 teaspoon of sugar. (Coconut sugar also works well.)
  6. Serve over your favorite pasta or zoodles.


Store-bought marinara sauce is usually filled with sugar and preservatives; this homemade version is all fresh vegetables and herbs. It’s also the perfect recipe to solve for tomato glut after a visit to the farmers’ market in August.

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