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Fresh Plum Marinara Sauce Recipe Simplified

Fast, easy and always delicious by itself or as a side dish~

I am so lucky to be able to buy plum tomatoes in the supermarket
all year round, these are just beauties! Sweet, firm, great fresh flavor.
Living in Florida we are just full of the freshness of
summer with always an abundance of fresh produce.
Today I wanted  to make something lighter and still tastes great with less calories. I decided to make my favorite, marinara sauce simplified. I usually add more ingredients, less is more today.

My dad would say I just want a nice dish of spaghetti regular thin, angel hair, linguine any kind of pasta.... that would be his easy favorite! Today for healthier eating, 
I am using Whole Wheat pasta. 

 Simplified Marinara Italian Tomato Sauce

1 lb pasta of your choice boiled in salted water drained
extra-virgin olive oil
4 pounds plum ripe tomatoes place whole tomatoes with stems removed into food processor and pulse till fine chunks, (yes skins and all) you can remove skins if you like by submersing them into hot boiling water then into cold then peels skins.

( If you have to use a  2- 28 ounce cans of high quality whole tomatoes, they are the closest to fresh)

4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
2  large cloves sliced garlic
grating cheese
dried oregano
fresh parsley sprigs 3 or 4
olive oil

Optional additions: 1/2 cup dry red wine and red pepper flakes for heat

Cook pasta according to package directions. (I like al dente and serving this with Whole Wheat pasta today.)

Meanwhile, saute sliced garlic in a few tablespoons of olive oil over very low heat  for about 2 minutes do not brown or scorch or garlic, garlic tends to become bitter when overcooked and easily can ruin your sauce, so watch it carefully.

Add tomatoes spices and herbs, stir over medium heat  for another 15 minutes.

Toss some of the sauce with cooked pasta with fresh torn basil, grating cheese and freshly ground black pepper. This can be served as a side dish or whole meal.

I recommend baked fish or lemon chicken if an accompaniment is needed.

A simple side dish that is always welcome on my tables, one of my very favorites..  Angel Hair pasta marinara with fried calamari. Add a little red wine to the sauce, oregano, red pepper flakes.

Shown above is fried calamari on top of the marinara pasta.  An Italian speciality on Christmas Eve along with 7 Fishes.

    Read about some of our Italian style traditions at Christmas time with fish 
    and Italian specialities desserts:


  1. Great ^_^ I love this dish. Bye bye, have a good week end my dear

  2. Having been MIA lately has made me miss a few of your lovely dishes lately...but no worry...a few quick visits has made me hungry for so much more from your kitchen Claudia.
    I specifically picked up your honey OJ chicken recipe...yum!

    Simple tomato sauce can only be appreciated when ingredients are as fresh as the ones you've picked up...Buon lucky gal.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. This is so easy and will taste fantastic. When it comes to Italian I always think less is better. Use fewer ingredients but make them quality ingredients, just like this sauce.

  4. I love, love, love this sauce. And if I lived in Florida, I would have this tonight. But I wait.

  5. Bravo to making a rich hearty marinara sauce. It does look tasty enough to stand alone with out any meat add ins. I always feel that watery sauce is so lacking when served without add ins. Adding this one to my collection to try-yum!

  6. Beautiful, Claudia! Will stumble :)

  7. Dear Claudia, This is a dish that is always perfect. It looks delicious. Blessings, Catherine xo

  8. I'm making this tonight with a few prawns on top. Looks delicious!

  9. There's nothing like a simple sauce to let the fresh flavors shine through! Perfect in my eyes!

  10. A homemade simple Marinara sauce, goes a long way! Forget the fancy jarred gourmet sauce, which are good...but nothing compares to home made, with love! Your sauce is super delicious, Claudia!

  11. What a beautiful sauce! I always consider myself lucky to be in CA as well, the produce is so great :)

  12. This recipe is perfect. I love those Roma tomatoes, I trim them and use the skin and seeds. A great sauce.


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