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Tomato Harvest Marinara Sauce Recipe
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Marinara Sauce for Canning
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Tomato Harvest Marinara Sauce

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"Fresh-tasting Italian-style marinara sauce is a winter luxury. It's a process to make this canned version, but oh, so worth it! Follow canning protocol to prepare this cooking staple you'll love finding in your pantry in January. Vary the amounts of garlic and spices according to your family's taste. Use this as a base sauce and add sausage, ground turkey, and other spices."

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Original recipe makes 10 quarts Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    5 hrs


  1. Place tomatoes, bay leaves, honey, oregano, 1 tablespoon salt, and black pepper in a large stockpot and cover with water. Stir to combine, cover, and bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Remove cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onions and garlic in the hot oil until the onions are softened but not browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Transfer the cooked tomatoes to a food mill placed over a bowl and puree in batches, separating the tomato pulp and juice from the tomato skins and seeds. Return the tomato pulp and juice to the stockpot, add the cooked onions and garlic, and cook, uncovered, over medium-high heat until sauce thickens and reduces by about half, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching.
  4. Prepare quart jars, rings, and lids by heating them in boiling water in a canning kettle for at least 5 minutes. When the sauce is ready, remove jars and lids and place on dry towel.
  5. To each jar, add 1 teaspoon salt and 3 tablespoons bottled lemon juice. Ladle the hot tomato sauce into jars, leaving 1/2-inch of space at the top of each jar. Wipe jar rims with a clean, damp cloth, place lids onto jars, and screw on rings.
  6. Place filled jars in the canning kettle. Return water to a simmer, adding more water if needed to cover the jars by at least 1/2 inch. Cover kettle and bring water to a boil. Cook at a steady boil to process the jars until fully sealed, about 45 minutes. Turn off heat and let jars rest 5 minutes before removing and cooling on a clean, dry towel placed on kitchen counter or table. Check that the lids have sealed, and store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Use two pots if the tomatoes don't all fit in one pot. A potato masher works well to crush the tomatoes to release juices. You can use a sieve to puree the tomatoes, but a food mill is a lot faster. And be use to use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh to ensure consistent acidity.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 06, 2012

Great, large batch recipe for the end of summer tomatoes. I did change up the order of operations a little by par boiling the tomatoes for 2 minutes, dipping them in ice water and sliding the skins off (long process for 25 lbs!. Then I halved the tomatoes and threw them into the large cooking pot to simmer and start to break down. I used my immersion blender after about 30 minutes of simmering, to break up leftover chunks. I then took the tomatoes and put them through my food mill to strain the seeds. The strained marinara was then seasoned with the spices etc and the onions. It has been cooking down for about 2 hours and has probably another 3 hours to go before canning. Thanks for a large batch recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 25, 2013

The taste was nice, but I am giving this 2 stars because the amount it yields is way off, unless the sauce is supposed to be super thin. And after checking other recipes, this one just doesn't add up. Tomato sauce will average about 6-7 lbs of tomatoes per quart. Anyway, nice sauce but it was a lot of work for a much smaller yield than I was expecting!

Aug 13, 2013

Nice recipe!! But about the canning part; never boil the rubber rings. Wash them well and pour previously boiled water over them just before you start to fill your sterile jars and lids. If you boil the rubber seals they might/probably will crack and become useless to your canning efforts.

Aug 28, 2013

I read my "New" Allrecipes stir things up magazine yesterday and couldn't wait to try the Tomato Harvest Marinara Sauce! I had 25 pounds of fresh picked Plum Tomatoes and followed the recipe using the tip from Sara, to skin the tomatoes first. I cut up the tomatoes before adding and divided the tomatoes between 2 five quart stainless steel pots. I used a 1/2 pint jar of homemade tomato sauce instead of water in each pot. I used the spices called for but doubled the quantity. I put the first pot on with the spices to get it started while working on the second giving it time to simmer the flavors incase I needed to adjust the spices. I used 2 3/4 pound sweet onions and 10 garlic cloves chopped fine, cooked as directed. I divided the onion and garlic evenly in each pot. It is now simmering on the stove until thick enough to can, which I don't think will take more than an hour because of the tomato sauce instead of water. Great Recipe, a lot of work, but of course worth every minute. Yield is definitely off, I am hoping to get 6-7 Quarts, no way this will make 10. Love the New magazine....on to finding another recipe!

Sep 06, 2013

I just finished canning all the tomatoes. Butt two questions ? I forgot to add lemon juice ? I only processed them for 15 minutes ? The jar's are all sealed...

Jul 18, 2014

Great base recipe. I used 12 pounds of tomatoes. I blanched the tomatoes before pureeing them. The sauce was thin at first but as it cooked down it thickened up. And yes it did take a long time to thicken. Worth it though. I skipped the canning because I don't know how to :/ Sad for me. After the sauce thickened I added extra spices and made a really nice spaghetti and meatball dinner.

Oct 21, 2014

Definitely a labor of love it took a long time but it seems to be worth it. It made a really great base red sauce.

Aug 15, 2013

To clarify Sunny's comment, there are no separate rubber rings used in canning this sauce. Those are 'old school.' The rings referred to in Step 5 of the directions are screw-on metal rings (the outer rings that fit over the flat metal jar lid) standard with all two-part lids for Ball and Mason canning jars.


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  • Calories
  • 87 kcal
  • 4%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 3.4 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 3.7 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 773 mg
  • 31%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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