san marzano tomatoes on a vine

Father’s Day Dinner: Homemade San Marzano Marinara Sauce

What do you do when you’re flush with San Marzano tomatoes?

What CAN’T you do when you’re flush with San Marzano tomatoes??

This weekend, Yaya, Grandma Kathy, and I got to work. We made a stellar Chicken Parmesan Father’s Day dinner!

Here’s how we made our red sauce:

Homemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs (1.8 kg) San Marzano tomatoes (or any ripe, plum tomatoes)
  • 1 large onion
  • finely chopped 2 carrots
  • finely chopped 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cut a small “X” on the bottom of each tomato.
  3. Carefully lower the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch them for about 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the tomatoes from the boiling water and immediately place them in a bowl of ice water. This will help loosen the skin.
  5. Once they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard it.
  6. Chop the peeled tomatoes into small pieces and set them aside.
  7. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  8. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and minced garlic.
  9. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened and slightly caramelized, about 8-10 minutes.
  10. Add the chopped tomatoes to the saucepan, along with the dried basil and oregano.
  11. Stir well to combine.
  12. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  13. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer uncovered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.
  14. After simmering, remove the sauce from the heat. You can leave it chunky or use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree it to your desired consistency.
  15. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.

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