3 Easy homemade marinaras

  • Leave a Comment
  • Max 5 stars
    0
    My Rating
    (0 Ratings)
Rethink your basic marinara with three ideas on how to make it extraordinary.

3 Easy homemade marinaras

Marinara is the basic Italian spaghetti sauce. In other words, it’s the classic red you think of when you think about spaghetti. It’s got all of that wonderful tomato flavor and it just goes great with a plate of pasta, but it also works well with different herbs, vegetables and other ingredients. Said another way, marinara is a culinary canvas on which you paint an Italian masterpiece. Forget Michelangelo — with these ideas, you can make a work of food art that will last through the ages.

To get you started, we’ll begin with the authentic marinara and show you ways you can modify it to make two other amazing sauces.

Authentic marinara

Yield about 2 cups

Authentic sauce really is very basic, so feel free to add flavors and ingredients you like.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups canned San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions:

  1. Put the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, a pinch of salt and the black pepper. Saute until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and bring them to a boil.
  4. Add the basil and sugar. Stir them in and cook another 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the garlic and serve over pasta.

American marinara

Yield about 2 cups

This version isn’t authentic, but it’s delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 cups San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Directions:

  1. Put the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Saute until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring them to a boil.
  4. Remove the garlic and serve over pasta.

Simple Sunday gravy

Yield about 4 cups

A slow simmered sauce, perfect for Sunday meals when you have a little more time to cook.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 3 Italian sausages
  • 1 pork chop
  • 4 cups canned San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions:

  1. Put the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and black pepper. Saute until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the sausages and the pork chop and cook them for about 6 minutes or until brown.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium so that the sauce is simmering and cook for an hour.
  6. Remove the garlic if you can and serve over pasta.

More delicious sauces

Jorj Morgan's tomato and sauteed vegetable pasta sauce
Pasta With tequila lime sauce
Creamy peach fettuccine