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Cherry Red Marinara

Cherry Red Marinara

Lisa Kamolnick
This vegetarian-friendly marinara is made using garden-fresh (store-bought if you must) cherry tomatoes and does not add any salt.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pint cherry or other variety tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ yellow onion diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp cilantro Fresh or dried
  • 2 tsp sweet basil fresh or dried
  • 1 tsp brown sugar dark or light
  • ⅛ to ¼ tsp ground fennel seed, to taste to taste


  • Cover bottom of cooking pan lightly with olive oil.
  • Rinse tomatoes and remove tops as needed. Mince garlic, dice onion and any other herbs and add to pan.
  • Heat pan to medium, sautéing until tomatoes begin to burst. Add brown sugar and stir in completely.
    Cherry Red Marinara
  • Reduce heat to low and cover, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove lid and mash tomatoes with a ricer. Stir and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve.


Serving Suggestions
Serve over pasta with boiled shrimp, chicken, Italian sausage, or zucchini. 
Keyword cherry tomatoes, marinara, vegan, vegetarian