Easy Light and Lovely Marinara Sauce

"This is my favorite Marinara to use on any pasta. Fast and flavorful and refined. Hope you like it too. Try it on top of my ravioli recipe, Recipe #rz.278638, or any of the fresh pastas! The yield really depends on how much water you add and how long you cook it down for. You can cut back on the oil or increase it. This sauce is very forgiving so make it your own and add what you like. If you add oregano you should cook it a little longer so the herb has a chance to flavor the sauce. Me? I like it very, very simple,"
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Ready In:
5 cups




  • In a skillet, warm the olive oil on medium low and toss in the garlic. Saute the garlic until it is very fragrant and golden in color. Remove the garlic and discard or save for another use.
  • Pour the liquid from the tomato can into the skillet but be careful of splattering. Stick your hand into the can and squeeze the tomatoes, discard any stem ends that are hard. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the skillet and heat through while you cook your pasta. Cook it down until it is the desired consistency. I don't like chunky thick pasta sauces so I cook mine down and even use my immersible blender to smooth it out. Cook it until it reaches a good consistency for what you are using it for.
  • My mother always said that the sauce is ready when it doesn't foam any longer. It should only take 20 minutes to make, if that.
  • Taste for seasoning, sauce your pasta and top with basil leaves.

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Hello Zaars and Zaarinas! Thank all of you who tried my 'memory' recipes and left such nice reviews and for taking such lovely pictures. I do appreciate your comments. My pet peeves about cooking are recipe reviews where the reviewer says, "I made the recipe exactly as written EXCEPT yada yada yada" and I don't like suggestive names or titles such as, "Better Than Sex". I don't know why anyone would eat anything that is 'sinful' or 'decadent' since decadent is described as being decaying. Also, PAP-RI-KA only has 3 syllables. VINAIGRETTE is pronounced vin-a-grette, not vinager-ette. It's mas-car-pone not mars-ca-pone. And I don't like cutesy adult baby talk,,, or metro chic names like delish, nutrish, yummo, sammy, BAM! Oh well, I make as many, or more, faux pas as the next guy especially in ASL! Things that crack me up are: DH Fred from youtube.com Nick, my nephew Fish and Poi song as performed by PoiBoi My possum recipe per the song on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVvL4-srt6U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpbyM8k7e2Q wow this is good! my Doggie Little Yellow Petey Bird on youtube My BFF's. all of them and there are so many! and my little Sister Mary Beth. She has MS and Lupus and a great attitude. <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/PAC08Main.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"> <img src="http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b399/susied214/permanent%20collection/adoptedspring08.jpg">
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