For great results, finish cooking pasta in the sauce, adding a little pasta water.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, heat oil and garlic over medium until fragrant. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is very soft, 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with 3/4 pound cooked pasta.

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Cook's Notes

You can't go wrong with red sauce. Here's how to stir up a pot of marinara -- and tweak it too.

Reviews (6)

10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
I tried all five of these variations (Basic Marinara, Meat Sauce, Mushroom Sauce, Puttanesca, and Amatriciana). They are all soooo good!
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
Amatriciana: Once onion is soft, add 4 ounces diced bacon and 3/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes; cook until bacon is crisp, about 8 minutes. Serve topped with 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano.
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
Puttanesca: Once onion is soft, add 3 anchovies, 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained, and 1/2 cup quartered pitted Kalamata olives, and 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes and cook 1 minute, crushing anchovies with a spoon.
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
Mushroom Sauce: Once onion is soft, add 1 pound quartered cremini mushrooms and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme and saute over medium-high until browned, 10 minutes. Add 1/3 cup dry white wine and cook until evaporated. Serve topped with fresh parsley.
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
Meat sauce: add 1/2 cup each diced celery and carrot with onion. When vegetables are soft, add 1 pound ground beef and cook until just cooked through, 8 minutes.
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2013
This is the recipe for the Basic Marinara sauce, but while the picture shows the different ways to tweak this sauce, the recipe doesn't include those instructions. I can't leave one comment long enough to include all the instructions. So, I will leave four more comments after this! In addition to the Basic Marinara, you can also make Meat Sauce, Mushroom Sauce, Puttanesca, and Amatriciana by adding in different ingredient combinations.
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