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Jul 8, 2007 04:19 PM

Wanted: simple marinara sauce

Anyone have a quick and easy recipe? Nothing too complex and not a pseudo-Bolognese or red gravy kind of deal, please.

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  1. There's a lovely, easy Marinara sauce recipe by Lidia Bastianich on Leite's Culinaria website. Here's the link:

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    1. re: Nancy Berry

      Yes, that's really the very basic Marinara sauce that all my family uses. Historically we have used canned Pastene Kitchen Ready tomatoes but recently after having used Muir Glen fire roasted organic tomatoes, I think I'm going to change over. The sauce we made a few nights ago was delicious and reminded me of the sauce I had as a child.

      1. re: Nancy Berry

        I concur. Very easy, tasty and quick sauce for a weeknight dinner, highly recommended.

      2. 5 minutes:
        1. Heat 1 T olive oil in a saucepan. When warm, add 1-2 minced garlic cloves and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
        2. After 30-45 seconds (don't burn the garlic!!), add 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and a pinch of sugar (the secret key to cut the acidity).
        3. Bring to a simmer.

        You can now continue to simmer this until, say, your pasta is done, or eat it right now. It will wait for the rest of your meal to come together.


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        1. re: laurendlewis

          This is almost exactly what I do, except I sometimes saute a little diced onion before adding the garlic and I don't always use sugar.
          If you use whole tomatoes, you can crush them up right in the pot - I use a potato masher.

        2. If you can find this product ,all you have to do is soften a few cloves of minced garlic in some olive oil, add a can of tomatoes and whatever herbs you like and you have a great sauce. The 6 in 1 brand is an excellent product and, if not available in your area, the mail order cost is 15.00 for six 28 oz. cans plus 1.50 shipping.

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          1. re: grampart

            I absolutely agree!! 6 in 1 brand ground tomatoes are excellent!! I also use them to top my pizzas. The extra heavy puree makes all the difference in the consistency of the sauce. This is a wonderful product.

          2. I love the Marcella recipe which is just a large can of plum tomatoes, put it in the pot and mash with a potato masher, add 6 Tbs. butter (use a whole stick) and half an onion. Cook stirring occasionally until thickened. Season to taste.