What is Marinara Sauce?
Marinara sauce is a type of tomato sauce typically made with tomatoes, garlic, onions, and herbs, but due to its easy modification, it can also include spices, olives, and red wine. The sauce likely originated in southern Italy sometime in the 1600s after tomatoes first arrived in Europe.
How to Make Marinara Sauce?
Sauté a medium-sized chopped onion for 5 to 6 minutes in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Stir frequently and add garlic and canned tomato paste before cooking for about a minute. Add red wine and cook for another whole minute before adding crushed tomatoes, salt, and pepper and bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the sauce for an hour, stirring occasionally.
What is the Difference Between Marinara and Spaghetti Sauce?
The key difference between marinara sauce and spaghetti sauce lies in their ingredients and cook times. Spaghetti sauce uses meat and takes longer to cook than marinara sauce, which centers around tomatoes and consequently takes less time to prepare. There is also a difference in flavor and texture as spaghetti sauce is generally richer and thicker than marinara sauce.
Uses of Marinara Sauce
This is a very versatile sauce and great for a number of dishes. There are literally no modifications required to use the marinara sauce for pizza, pasta, Afritada, Menudo, Ratatouille, etc. And the sauce even works great as a dipping sauce for finger foods like meatballs, chicken bites, mozzarella sticks, etc.
Here are some delicious recipes that you can serve with Marinara Sauce:
How to Store Marinara Sauce?
Let the sauce cool down to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight jar, sealable container, or plastic ziplock bag and storing it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. To keep the sauce for longer, freeze it in freezer bags or airtight containers for up to 6 months.