Marinara Me!

cassie thornburg


My husband, Lee, if he could, would eat angel hair pasta with marinara every night of his life, and be happy about it. He LOVES pasta. He REALLY loves pasta when he comes home at 1 or 2 am after a gig. It's the epitome of comfort food for him. Before I was married to Lee, I didn't eat much pasta because I always try to keep my carbs at a minimum. But when your husband loves pasta....well....whatcha gonna do?!

So, for the last 5 years (of our marriage) I've been trying different recipes for marinara. None of them really satisfied him. He preferred to buy Rao's (which is the BEST jarred sauce you will EVER me on this one. Do a google search on Rao's and you will see that NOBODY can make a reservation - the food is so good that people have tables in their names and never give them up. The closest you will ever get to Rao's is the one in Vegas. I encourage you to go there. It is an EXACT replica of the one in New York, down to the very pictures on the walls, not to mention the recipes).

Anyway.....after many attempts, one night I made a sauce that Lee lost his mind over and insisted I write down because he wanted me to make gallons of it and put it in the freezer so he could eat it at will (I have yet to do that....).

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10 Min


30 Min


1/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
2 small
yellow onions
2 clove
garlic, minced
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1/8 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp
anchovy paste (from a tube)
leaves of fresh basil, torn into small pieces or minced
1 can(s)
28 oz can (1lb, 12 oz) cento whole tomatoes (or muir glen will work too) - squished by hand into pot.
1/8 tsp
add a swirl (once around the pot) of olive oil at the end to finish and give extra flavor!

Directions Step-By-Step

1. In a large pan, over medium heat, cook the onions until translucent and soft. Add garlic and turn heat to low. Season with salt and pepper. Add crushed red pepper flakes, anchovy paste and basil leaves.
Cook about 10 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, sugar and olive oil.
Continue cooking on low for about 20 minutes. Taste for seasoning - add more salt or pepper to taste. Add a swirl of oil to the pot.
Serve over your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Other Sauces
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy