Marinara Caprese Style

Marinara Caprese Style


1/4 cup good olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

8 –  10 cloves of garlic, minced

4 lbs. or so of fresh tomatoes – a mix of heirloom, roma, yellow cherry tomatoes or whatever is available

1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. sugar

2 bay leaves

3 tbsp. tomato paste (preferably San Marzano brand in a tube)

2 tsp. very good balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

salt and pepper


In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Saute the onions and garlic together over medium or medium low heat until translucent and soft, about 5 to 10 minutes.


Chop the tomatoes and half the cherry tomatoes.  When onions and garlic are cooked down, add all the tomatoes, basil, oregano, sugar, tomato paste, bay leaves and salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat and stir frequently, breaking up the tomatoes as they cook down.  When tomatoes start to break down, stir in the balsamic and red wine vinegar and red pepper flakes and continue cooking for about 45 minutes to an hour.  Taste to check for salt and pepper and whether more vinegar is needed based on your preference.


The sauce will be a little chunky and will have some tomato skins, so to smooth out the sauce, use an immersion blender to break the sauce up or put in a food processor and pulse a few times to your desired consistency.


3 Responses to Marinara Caprese Style

  1. Joanne Sabatini says:

    Louise! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I had to make it last night after work, even though it wasn’t ready to eat until 10pm. It was worth the wait! Thanks for the simple ingredients and the simple, easy directions. Mine came out perfectly I think. What a great flavor to the sauce. Loved the red pepper flakes and the vinegars.
    Thanks again!

  2. Jill Harris says:

    I made it the night before last and my house still smells heavenly. This is an amazing recipe. Good quality ingredients make a world of difference. I am serving it four times in the next two days!
    Can’t wait for my next batch of tomatoes to make more sauce.
    Thank you!


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