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Spaghetti Sauce

Marinara Sauce

Libby with Lemony Thyme
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 4


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 -5 lbs. tomatoes cored & rough chopped
  • 1 sweet onion rough chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle a large roasting pan with olive oil. Add chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic. Roast for about 30 minutes or until tomatoes begin to brown on edges.
  • Use a slotted spoon and transfer to your blender container, discard any pan juices. Blend until smooth.
  • Meanwhile in a large saucepan, cook your bacon in the olive oil. Once the bacon is cooked to your liking, remove it from the olive oil and reserve for another use.
  • Pour the sauce from the blender into the olive oil, add the oregano and red pepper flakes; bring to a simmer. Simmer for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


If your tomatoes have lots of seeds, you can give them a squeeze to remove most. Don't worry about the skins, we're going into the blender at the end and it will take care of those.
Makes about 4 cups.