This marinara sauce recipe is an absolute staple in your recipe book! It is made with just 7 ingredients and in only a few steps but this belies the depth of flavour that is produced at the end!
No-one really knows where the name "marinara sauce" originates from, and some people assume that it must be a seafood term - but don't worry! There's nothing fishy in sight. It is likely that the name derives from the Italian word "marinaro" which means sailor as it is thought that the sauce was made for sailors upon their return from their travels. Others think that the legend goes even further and those sailors were bringing back tomatoes from their exploratory adventures to America, hence a rich tomato based sauce was made (and named) in their honour.
Whilst this is delicious served with on it's own with pasta, it can also be bumped up with extra ingredients e.g. stir fried peppers, courgettes (zucchini) olives, lentils etc. Why not add a portion of roasted vegetables for a really rich flavoursome sauce?. This marinara sauce recipe is also used as base in many other recipes such as spinach and ricotta cannelloni or aubergine parmigiana. Lastly, if you want to use it as a tomato topping for pizza; cook the sauce for much longer - at least 15 minutes until it has thickened to the desired consistency.
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
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This marinara sauce recipe can be served immediately with pasta, or cooled and stored in the fridge or freezer until it is needed.