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The Authentic Spaghetti Marinara Sauce Recipe

The authentic marinara sauce recipe...  Sometimes pleasure derives from simple things... Marinara sauce is a simple spicy Italian sauce made with tomatoes,  onions and herbs. Marinara is often mistaken for a more complex seafood or bolognese type sauce, but the authentic Italian Marinara sauce is really a very simple tomato sauce... Traditionally the marinara sauce tends to be a bit spicier than other sauces based on tomatoes, with plenty of garlic, oregano, basil, and even sometimes hot peppers; but the marinara sauce isn't supposed to be hot! That would make it an arrabiata sauce...

One reason given to explain the popularity of the marinara sauce would be that it is the base for many more elaborate spaghetti sauces, such as bolognese, Vodka sauce, cannellonis, lasagnas, pizzas etc etc... So it is a good idea to make your homemade marinara in big batches and freeze some for the following pasta meals. Now, here is how to make the Marinara Sauce ...

a plate of spaghetti marinara

Ingredients (for four guests):

* 2 cans (28 oz) tomatoes (Italian Roma tomatoes work best) or equivalent amount of fresh tomatoes
   some guests will not like to see the tomato seeds or even the tomato skin bits in their sauce; for this reason, it is
   recommended to process the tomatoes.
* 1 can (5.5 oz.) italian tomato paste
* 1 yellow onion, chopped very finely
* 4 tablespoons chopped fresh (or dried) parsley
* 1 tablespoon basil
* 2 garlic cloves (or more, as preferred)
* 3 dried bay leaves
* 2 tablespoons dried oregano
* (optional:) 1/4 cup finely chopped red, hot peppers, to taste
* 1 teaspoon salt, or more, to taste
* freshly ground black pepper as preferred
* 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
* 1 lb. of your favorite pasta: spaghetti, linguine, etc.


1) Pour the tomatoes with liquid and chopped onion in a skillet over medium heat, cook the tomatoes with the bay leaves and the hot peppers (if you chose to use them), until the tomatoes have melted and the sauce has reduced, or about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionnaly.

2) Add the tomato paste, the olive oil, the parsley, pressed-in garlic, oregano, basil, salt, Parmesan and pepper; then mix until the sauce is smooth. Simmer the sauce for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and reducing heat setting to avoid sticking. Once the sauce has reduced significantly, discard the bay leaves, check and adjust seasoning: your marinara sauce is ready!

3) In a large pot, bring salty water to a boil. Boil your Pasta as per package instructions.

Serve the Marinara Sauce over pasta, garnish with sprinkled chopped parsley on top,
This sauce is a perfect match for grated Parmesan cheese, of course...
Makes 4 portions

Enjoy your dish, with the best homemade marinara sauce in town!

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