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Basic Marinara

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Recipe photo courtesy of Johnny Miller

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

Source: Everyday Food, December 2012
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You can't go wrong with red sauce. Here's how to stir up a pot of marinara -- and tweak it too.

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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 2013
    I tried all five of these variations (Basic Marinara, Meat Sauce, Mushroom Sauce, Puttanesca, and Amatriciana). They are all soooo good!
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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 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.
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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 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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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 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.
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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 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.
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  • sarahwashburn
    12 JAN, 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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