Simple Marinara Sauce

Friday, January 13, 2012

Fast, easy and always delicious by itself or as a side dish. Marinara is a fresh tasting tomato sauce!

Seriously one of my favorite Italian sauces as it was my dad's also.

Marinara is rich with plum tomatoes and made much quicker to make over Traditional meat sauce.

Dad made this sauce often and the smell was so fragrant with that fresh garlic sizzling in oil when you walked in the kitchen.



Delicious homemade simple tomato sauce called marinara with all fresh ingredients over spaghetti sprinkled with cheese on a white plate some garlic herbs in a white plate with a fork




The Best Sauces Are Made Fresh



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 fewer calories.

This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.


Simple To Make



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 with fresh tomatoes on it.


That was the freshest sauce we would ever make with plum tomatoes when in a hurry.




This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.


The Sauce Cooks Quickly



This sauce really cooks quickly when you're in a hurry.


Even though it seems like it's complicated using fresh ingredients, this is a delicious light sauce you can make in around 30 minutes.


The tomatoes cook quickly and taste so fresh.


The sauteed garlic and basil gives it just right balance of flavors.


This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.




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Simple Marinara Sauce Pin for Later

This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.


Where Does Marinara Originate?



Marinara sauce is a tomato sauce, usually made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and sometimes even onions.


Its many variations can include the addition of capers, olives, spices, and a dash of wine.


This sauce is widely used in Italian-American cuisine, which has diverged from its Old World origins.



In Italy, the marinara is properly referred to as tomato, basil and used for spaghetti and vermicelli, but also with for meat or fish.

This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.

Other Stories:


Several folk stories about the origin of this sauce:


One version states that cooks aboard Neapolitan ships returning from the Americas invented marinara sauce in the mid-16th century after Spaniards introduced the tomato (to central Mexican " New World " fruit) to Europe.


Another theory that was prepared by the wives of the Neapolitan sailors upon their return from the sea.


A sauce similar to the Italian-American marinara sauce is known of some zones of Central Italy as "fake sauce".


Our family loves this quick marinara style sauce, give it a try, you will love the fresh taste of these tomatoes.



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This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.

Simple Fresh Marinara Sauce

prep time: 25 mins cook time: 18 mins total time: 43 mins
This is a freshly made marinara sauce for topping pasta. The sauce is made with plum tomatoes from scratch and quickly cooked.

ingredients:

1 lb pasta of your choice boiled in salted water, drain

extra-virgin olive oil

4 pounds plum ripe tomatoes place whole tomatoes with stems removed into a food processor and pulse till fine chunks, (yes skins and all) you can remove skins if you like by submerging them into hot boiling water then into cold then peels skins.

If you can't get all fresh plum tomatoes then you can  substitute   2- 28-ounce cans of high-quality whole tomatoes, ( they are the closest to fresh)


4 to 6 fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

4 large cloves thinly sliced garlic

locatelli 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

instructions:

Cook pasta according to package directions.

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 with Chicken Parmesan.
calories
128
fat (grams)
0
sat. fat (grams)
0
carbs (grams)
3
net carbs
4
protein (grams)
0
sugar (grams)
6
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This is a plate of Spaghetti with fresh plum tomato sauce that has bits of fresh tomato, basil and sliced garlic in a quick Italian sauce.


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21 comments

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

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  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 appetito...you lucky gal.

    Have a great weekend,
    Claudia

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  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.

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

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  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!

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  6. Beautiful, Claudia! Will stumble :)

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

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

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

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  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!

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

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  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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  13. Such a tasty recipe and a real staple dish that can be used with so many different meals. The tomotoes look wonderful.

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  14. Looks so delicious and perfect for a quick dinner!

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  15. This marinara sauce may give my Sicilian mother in law a run for her money! ;) I love how simple this is to prepare. The possibilities of what to serve it with our practically endless! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  16. I love simple sauces and use a similar one in my Shrimp Primavera. I think all the flavor of the tomatoes would come through with this sauce. Love the little history lesson too. I think I see a quick & easy dinner in my future.

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  17. I have a confession - I'm a lover of food and everything baking and cooking, but I have never attempted to make my own marinara sauce. I have an Italian friend who makes the BEST sauce, and she keeps me in good supply. :) Maybe I should surprise her and make a batch of your sauce to give to her. I think she would faint. LOL

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  18. I agree with your dad! I think the simplicity of the sauce and the fresh ingredients are what make it such a fantastic and loved sauce. The fresh tomatoes shine through when you make the sauce like this. Great recipe, Claudia.

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  19. So simple, fresh and delicious. Yum!

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  20. One of my favorite sauces. Simple and perfect over pasta with a little cheese is my favorite way to enjoy pasta like this one!

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