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How to make a traditional marinara sauce?


Created by cooks on board neapolitan ships in the 16th century, traditional marinara sauce is one of the most popular sauces in Italy, especially in the Naples region. It is commonly used to accompany a wide variety of dishes such as pasta, pizza, meat, and seafood.

Here is how to make this popular recipe step by step:


2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 chopped onion

3 cloves of chopped garlic

800 grams of peeled and crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon of sugar

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper

1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1/2 cup of water

Fresh basil leaves (optional)


Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until golden and soft for about 5 minutes.

Add the chopped garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.

Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Mix well.

Add the 1/2 cup of water and mix again.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook the sauce slowly for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

If you want to add fresh basil leaves, add them at the end of cooking.

Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to your liking.

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