Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½onion, chopped
  • 8 large tomatoes, peeled and cut into big chunks
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1bay leaf
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seed
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Cook and stir onion in hot oil until softened, about 5 minutes; add tomatoes, garlic, and bay leaf. Bring the liquid from the tomatoes to a boil, reduce to medium-low, and simmer mixture until tomatoes are softened, about 30 minutes.

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  • Step 2

    Stir red wine, honey, basil, oregano, marjoram, salt, black pepper, fennel seed, and crushed red pepper into the tomato mixture; bring again to a simmer and cook until herbs have flavored the sauce, about 30 minutes more.

  • Step 3

    Stir balsamic vinegar into the sauce.

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