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One of the best and most delicious pasta sauce recipes is a simple marinara sauce, which can be served over a large variety of pasta (fettuccine, linguine, short and long pasta, etc.).   Perhaps, most often it is served over spaghetti as a  meatless spaghetti sauce or spaghetti marinara.

So, what is a marinara sauce?   Marinara sauce is a basic tomato sauce, made with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs (usually basil), some red pepper flakes, and a little bit of red wine. Marinara sauce is meant to be very simple.   There is no need to over-think this sauce. There is no need to over-complicate it with more ingredients. The deliciousness of this sauce comes from its simplicity.

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Because this sauce is so simple, your kids will love it! Just boil some spaghetti or linguine, mix it in with some marinara, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese – and this dish will be a favorite with kids and adults alike!

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The sauce takes only 30 minutes to make and is so convenient because you’re using the most basic items from your pantry!

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Although this basic tomato sauce IS MEANT to be used as is, it can also serve as a great starting base for a large variety of more complicated sauces, involving more herbs, more flavor, other veggies (such as mushrooms, red bell peppers, etc.), even meat.  But, today we are enjoying simple and basic marinara:

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easy marinara sauce recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

easy marinara sauce recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 28 oz can whole plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound linguine or fettuccine pasta
  • Garnish:
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat, add onion, garlic and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and basil and wine and cook the sauce on medium-low heat, while it simmers covered, for about 30 minutes.
  3. Place the sauce in food processor and process until puree consistency.
  4. Return the sauce to the same pan, re-heat gently and add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. In the mean time, cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain.
  6. Add pasta to the cooking pan with the sauce. When serving, top each serving of pasta with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped green onions
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  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen March 18, 2014, 6:41 am

    Yum! So easy and delicious. Love that you added the wine. Such an important ingredient providing depth of flavor. Gorgeous photos as always, my friend! Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

  • Monique March 18, 2014, 9:06 am

    You photo so prettily!

  • [email protected] March 18, 2014, 10:38 am

    That’s a good one to have it at hand! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 ela

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking March 18, 2014, 10:52 am

    I LOVE pasta sauce and marinara tops the list! This looks delicious! How do you get your colors so vibrant? Beautiful

  • Shashi @ RunninSrilankan March 18, 2014, 11:07 am

    I am not even a huge fan of pasta – but your photos always have me drooling! Thanks for sharing this easy marinara sauce recipe, Julia!

  • Angie (@angiesrecipess) March 18, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Marinara sauce is a favourite. Love the bright colour of those clicks, Julia.

  • Monica March 18, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I love how bright and cheerful the food always look here, Julia. : ) And you can’t go wrong with a good, classic marinara sauce recipe. It’s like the little black dress every woman needs. ; )

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 18, 2014, 6:10 pm

    This pasta is beautiful. Such a simple, stunningly perfect marinara sauce!!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy March 18, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Mmm a simple marinara sauce is the best!

  • Deb March 18, 2014, 8:06 pm

    Such an exceptional recipe for a weeknight dinner! The fragrant sauce simmers away while the pasta is prepared, just blissful!

  • Daniela March 18, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Simply delicious!
    Love the easy elegance of this sauce.

  • buttercream bakehouse July 28, 2014, 4:40 pm

    I am making this tonight minus the onions. Thanks for a great recipe.

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