When it comes to discussing the ingredients of a good marinara sauce there always seems to be some kind of confusion. If you were under the impression that marinara sauce contained some type of fish or seafood, you could not be blamed for doing so, as its name does suggest this.
However, you would most definitely be mistaken, unless you actually live in Italy, in which case it's a different matter altogether.
If you live in the United States and often frequent Italian restaurants, you will know that marinara sauce is a tomato-based sauce served with pasta that contains additional ingredients such as garlic, olive oil and fresh herbs.
Alternatively, if you reside in Italy or even in Spain, marinara sauce, as its name implies, is a tomato-based sauce containing ingredients such as squid
Some people claim that marinara sauce originated in Naples during the mid-sixteenth century, around the time when tomatoes were first introduced to the region.
For the purpose of this article we are going to concentrate on the marinara sauce that does not contain seafood, and which some say is the "true" and only marinara sauce.
Marinara sauce is very simple and quick to prepare and is delicious served with all types of pasta.
The main ingredient is tomato, which should come in the form of canned whole or crushed tomatoes. Other traditional ingredients are garlic, usually quite a lot of it, olive oil, fresh basil and oregano.
There are many variations on the ingredients of marinara sauce and other ingredients that you may find in recipes are onion, carrots, sugar, white wine, parsley and bay leaves
Food always tastes better when you cook with fresh herbs, but if you do not have any to hand, you can substitute the fresh herbs with dried herbs, using only 1 teaspoon of dried herbs to each tablespoon of fresh herbs.
The sauce can be prepared in around 30 minutes, although if you are able to make the sauce the day before you are planning on serving it, you should end up with a richer, fuller and more flavoursome marinara sauce, as the ingredients are allowed to sit and infuse together.
Once cooked, the sauce can be served immediately, stored for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or it can be frozen until needed.
Below are a number of simple recipes for marinara sauce to choose from. Read through each one and decide which is most likely to suit your tastes.