This is delicious Italian simplicity at its very best: my classic spaghetti in marinara sauce recipe with fresh tomatoes, garlic and onions… Hands down the easiest pasta sauce ever!
So what do we have here then!
A classic marinara pasta.
How I love a bowlful of this lush al dente spaghetti topped off with a gorgeous serving of the most easiest tomato pasta sauce.
Have you ever prepared marinara from scratch?
It is such a simple recipe to make. The ingredients are so classic, but then in the end you end up with such a treat.
Now hold on.
You might think that this marinara sauce contains fish or seafood.
This vegetarian spaghetti sauce is a very simple but highly delicious Italian fresh tomato sauce. Fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil.
Could it be more simple that that?
Best Spaghetti in Marinara Sauce
The most important main ingredients in this spaghetti in marinara sauce recipe: tomatoes, onion and garlic.
You can blend or mix the sauce in the end if you like a more smoother sauce. However I like it best when the tomato and onions are still chunky. That adds some extra texture to the al dente spaghetti as well.
Don’t think that this veggie marinara sauce recipe is the same as pasta ‘a la marinera’ or fisherman’s style pasta which contains seafood and/or fish. This marinara is a delicious vegetarian one!
Do you love simple Italian pasta sauces like this marinara?
Then also check out my classic spaghetti sauce as well!
Oh that is another classic spaghetti that we love here at home.
I am not exaggerating when I say that we eat a classic ragu spaghetti at least 3 times a month. It is funny though, the versions of this meat sauce that the hubs and I make are totally different.
Mine is a good and rich bolognaise version, his sauce is chunkier.
Both taste great though!
Dig in and enjoy!
Best Spaghetti in Marinara Sauce
Delicious Italian simplicity at its very best: my classic spaghetti in marinara sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic and onions...
- 9 oz dry spaghetti (250 g)
- 1 lb fresh tomatoes (450 g), very ripe
- 2 large garlic cloves chopped
- ½ small onion chopped
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- a handful fresh basil
- olive oil
Blanch and peel the tomatoes first. Fill a saucepan with water, place it over high heat and bring it to a boil. Make a little incision using a knife in the fresh tomatoes and add them to the hot water.
- Cook the tomatoes for 15 seconds. Then immediately refresh them under cold running tap water and peel them.
- Add some olive oil to a saucepan and place it over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic.
- Cook both gently for 2 minutes. Chop and deseed the tomatoes. Then dice the tomato meat. Add this to the onion in the saucepan. Season with some pepper and salt.
- Stir well and lower the heat. Then put a lid on the pan and simmer the tomatoes for 5 minutes. The sauce should be a little chunky. Stir and add the tomato paste, dried thyme and red wine vinegar.
- Stir and simmer for 3 more minutes. Check the seasoning and add extra pepper, salt, tomato paste or red wine vinegar to taste. Add some freshly chopped basil. Then take the tomato sauce off the heat and let it cool a little. In the meantime fill a high and large pan with water and add a good dash of salt. Place the pan over high heat and bring it to a rolling boil. Once boiling, add the spaghetti to the water.
- Cook the spaghetti for a couple of minutes until tender and drain it. Then immediately add the cooked pasta to the marinara sauce and stir well.
- Transfer the marinara pasta onto plates, sprinkle with freshly chopped basil and serve hot.
Where was marinara sauce invented?
Marinara sauce is a tomato-based sauce that is believed to have originated in Naples, Italy.
The name “marinara” comes from the Italian word “marinaro,” which means sailor.
It is said that the sauce was originally created by Neapolitan sailors who would make the sauce with the ingredients they had on hand, such as tomatoes, garlic, and oregano, while they were out at sea.
Today, marinara sauce is a popular sauce used in Italian cuisine and is enjoyed around the world.
What is the difference between spaghetti in marinara sauce and spaghetti marinera?
Pasta marinara is typically made with spaghetti or linguine, and a tomato-based sauce made with tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs such as basil and oregano.
Sometimes, additional ingredients such as capers, olives or anchovies may also be added to enhance the flavor.
Spaghetti in marinara sauce is a classic Italian dish that is often served with grated parmesan cheese.
Pasta marinera on the other hand, is a seafood pasta dish that typically includes shellfish such as clams, mussels and shrimp cooked in a tomato-based sauce.
The sauce for pasta marinera usually includes tomatoes, garlic, onions and herbs, and often include white wine or broth to add extra depth and flavor.
Is pizza marinara made with the same sauce as spaghetti in marinara sauce?
While the ingredients used in the sauce for pizza marinara and pasta marinara are similar, the consistency of the sauce may be different.
The sauce for pizza marinara is typically thicker than the sauce used in pasta marinara, as it needs to hold up to the heat of the oven without making the crust soggy.
Additionally, pizza marinara does not usually include other ingredients like capers, olives, or anchovies that are sometimes added to pasta marinara.