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Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce – Easier than You Think

Marina Sauce – Add it to Anything

Marinara Sauce is a common ingredient in many Italian dishes.  Made from tomatoes, it has it own recipe.  A Marinara sauce can be added to pasta for a light sauce.  You can use it along with shredded mozzarella on top of fried Breaded Chicken Cutlets for Chicken Parmigiana. You can replace the chicken with eggplant for recipes and even use it in some vegetable side dishes.

Some people make their own sauce. They lug boxes of tomatoes into their homes, line up the glass jars and the recipe. It involves skinning the tomatoes, par boiling them and boiling the jars. Jarring has to be done correctly to ensure a fresh spoil proof product. Ball Jars has an easy method to jarring tomatoes. I prefer to use the Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes canned tomatoes, otherwise I use the Scalfani brand when I need the sauce to come out a little chunky tomato bits. I freeze the leftover sauce to make quick meals.

When in Doubt, Pull the Spaghetti Out

My mother and grandmother always had frozen marinara sauce ‘just in case’.  You just never knew when you would need to feed unexpected guests.  When my mother wouldn’t know what to cook for dinner or if she had a busy day and was looking for something quick to put on the table, she would defrost her frozen marinara sauce, boil some spaghettini [thin spaghetti], toss the sauce and pasta together with a little grated cheese and voila! 

Dinner was ready with a side of mixed olives, cheese, a salad, and Italian bread.  My mother would say, “Sorry ,dinner is so simple tonight,”  but we didn’t care–we loved it!  My father would jokingly say, “When in doubt, pull the spaghetti out.”

 I would sit at the table twirling the pasta with my fork and spoon. Savoring every mouthful.  I was in heaven. Soon I will share a ‘20-minute quick marinara sauce recipe.  Please enjoy the recipe I have shared below, and stay tuned for a quick version of this recipe.

Marinara Sauce


4 cloves of chopped garlic

2 TBSPS. Oil (olive or canola)

2 cans of Tuttorosso tomato sauce (green can)

Salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)

Dried basil (or 2 fresh leaves – torn)

1 teaspoon of sugar


Heat oil and add chopped garlic.
Cook garlic until golden (Italian gold! )…
Add tomato sauce (Watch your face when adding sauce to hot oil). Use pot cover as a shield!
Add spices…. Stir.
Bring to a boil, then reduce gas to low and simmer for at least 45 minutes to 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes or so.

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