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Marinara Sauce

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What is it?

Marinara is a simple Italian tomato sauce made from a few deliciously basic components: tomatoes, olive oil, garlic (or onions), herbs, and perhaps a pinch of hot red pepper flakes.

Though it makes a great sauce for pastas and pizza, marinara sauce freezes well and is great to have on hand as a quick, flavorful addition to sauces, soups, and braising liquids.


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    Grated Zucchini Omelet with Fresh Mozzarella

    Shredded zucchini is mixed in with the eggs for one giant, extra-hearty omelet that gets cut in half to feed two. Marinara sauce complements the mozzarella and basil.

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    Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    For the marinara, you can use your own sauce or try the Quick Marinara with Toasted Garlic & Rosemary. Serve this hearty dish with a portion of pasta or between…

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    Steamed Mussels with Marinara & Spicy Soppressata

    This dish gets better the deeper you get into the bowl. You'll definitely want to serve this with some good crusty bread to dunk into the broth and scoop up…

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    Spicy Clams & Sausage in Marinara

    Here, succulent clams pair with hot Italian sausage and an easy make-and-freeze marinara sauce that’s sure to become your go-to red sauce for nights when you want to pull together…

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    Braised Chicken with Marinara, Lemon & Olives

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    Pan-Seared Steak Pizzaiola

    A basic and versatile marinara sauce makes authentic Italian cooking a breeze—even on a weeknight. A hefty dash of chile flakes punch up the tomato flavor, and the sauce freezes…

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    Mediterranean Sausage Ragoût

    I like to serve this with toasted pita bread seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. It’s also delicious spooned over couscous.


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