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Cherry Grape Marinara

Cherry Grape Marinara

Lisa Kamolnick
Harvest tomatoes from your garden along with leek, garlic, spinach and an Italilan-inspired blend of herbs and spices for a quick and tasty marinara.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 cups


  • 1 pint tomatoes half cherry, half grape
  • ¼ C leek and spinach mix rest can be reserved for Leek & Spinach Stuffed Bread: 1 leek sliced, 2 minced garlic cloves and ½ lb of fresh spinach (or ½ C of drained cooked spinach, unsalted)
  • 1 to 1 ½ TBSP of Seasoning blend also from Leek & Spinach Stuffed Bread: 2 tsp Italian seasoning, 2 tsp oregano, 2 tsp basil, 1 tsp parsley, ½ tsp fennel seeds, and¼ to ½ tsp red pepper flakes (to taste) plus 1 tsp salt, optional
  • 1-2 tsp brown sugar dark or light
  • Optional toppings: Parmesan or cotija cheese


  • Cover bottom of cooking pan lightly with olive oil.
  • Rinse tomatoes and remove tops as needed.
    Cherry Grape Marinara
  • Heat pan to medium, and add leek and spinach mix and seasoning mix to pan.
  • Add tomato and sauté until tomatoes begin to burst. Stir frequently to ensure even cooking.
  • Add brown sugar and stir in completely.
  • 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.
  • If desired, blend about 50% smooth using an immersion blender.
    Cherry Grape Marinara
  • Remove from heat and serve.


Serving Suggestions
Serve over pasta with or without toppings.  Great with a side salad and garlic bread.
Recipe Links
Leek and Spinach Stuffed Bread
Keyword cherry tomatoes, grape tomato, Italian sausage, marinara, spinach