Classic homemade ragu sauce - flavorful and delicious, and a great way to use up summer tomatoes.

Garden Fresh Marinara or Ragu Sauce.

Use up those garden fresh tomatoes in this tasty homemade marinara or ragu sauce. Keep it plain, or add meat for a heartier meal. 

Course Pasta
Cuisine Dairy Free, gluten free
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 241 kcal
Author Kelly Roenicke


  • 18 tomatoes cored and sliced in half. You want to fill a baking sheet with them.
  • 1 cup baby carrots chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic chopped into large pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound grass fed ground round optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place the tomatoes face down. Roast in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the skins wrinkle up.
  2. Let them cool off until you can handle them without burning yourself, and then the skins should come off easily, just pull them off with your fingers.

  3. While the tomatoes are roasting, chop the onion and saute in a large saucepan with the olive oil. Add the garlic and carrots and continue to saute until the onion is translucent.
  4. Add the tomatoes and all their juices to the saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover the pan. Simmer for two hours.
  6. Add salt and pepper, taste and re-season if desired.
  7. If you are making a ragu sauce, once you get close to the two hour mark, cook your beef in a separate pan and drain. Add to the marinara sauce once it is ready.
  8. Top your favorite pasta with the sauce and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Garden Fresh Marinara or Ragu Sauce.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 474mg21%
Potassium 1221mg35%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 6045IU121%
Vitamin C 53mg64%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.