Fresh Marinara Sauce

  • Fresh Marinara Sauce

    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 onion, chopped
    8 large tomatoes, peeled and cut into big chunks
    6 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 cup red wine
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon oregano
    1 teaspoon dried marjoram
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/4 teaspoon fennel seed
    1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste


    • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    • Cook and stir onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes; add tomatoes, garlic, and bay leaf.
    • Add the tomatoes, bring the liquid from the tomatoes to a boil, reduce to medium-low, and simmer mixture until tomatoes are softened, about 30 minutes.
    • Stir red wine, honey, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt, black pepper, fennel seed, and crushed red pepper into the mixture; bring to a simmer and cook until herbs have flavored the sauce, about 30 minutes more.
    • Stir balsamic vinegar into the sauce.
    • Serve