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James's Marinara Sauce

At the Strawberry Hill resort in Jamaica, executive chef James Palmer serves his reinterpretation of gnocchi (Italian potato dumplings), using dasheen and pale-yellow sweet potatoes, and serves them with this fresh marinara sauce.

  • Yield: Makes 3 cups
James's Marinara Sauce


  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 pounds fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and basil. Cook until onions are translucent (3 to 4 minutes). Remove pan from heat, and add white wine. Return to heat, and add tomatoes and brown sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until thick (1 to 1 1/2 hours).

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