Marinara Sauce – Our Best, Authentic Marinara Sauce Recipe

Ah, yes, a classic authentic Marinara Sauce recipe!

Authentic Marinara Sauce is probably the oldest sauce in Italian cooking. And, with our recipe, a very simple sauce to prepare properly.

It’s not only the correct ngredients that make an authentic Marinara Sauce recipe great, it’s using the proper technique, or recipe process. No recipe is easier to make than this classic sauce recipe.

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Our classic, authentic Marinara Sauce recipe serves 4 – 6 People)

  • 3 28 oz. Cans Tomato (packed without citric acid)
  • Garlic – 12 medium cloves, more if you really like garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper
  • Fresh Basil – a good sized bunch, washed well, spun dry, and chopped very fine
  • Pecorino Romano Cheese
  • Dry Spaghetti or Macaroni – 1 lb.

Start this authentic Marinara Sauce recipe by chopping the cloves of garlic medium to fine.  On a high heat, sauté the chopped garlic in 4 tablespoons of olive oil until it just turns blond (follow recipe, “blond” not “brown”).

Once the garlic is blond (again, follow recipe), add crushed tomatoes & bring sauce to a brisk boil, stirring constantly.  Lower heat to medium.  Add the salt & black pepper to the sauce.

Lower heat to low & cook sauce, uncovered, for about 30 minutes (or less) until the authentic Marinara Sauce has become creamy (follow recipe, “creamy” not “thick”), stirring sauce regularly.

Remove the sauce from the heat & add the prepared basil (follow recipe, do not overcook) to the sauce & stir.

Next up in this authentic marinara sauce recipe, cook the pasta (follow recipe, refer to our article Boil Spaghetti – The Magical Art of Preparing Pasta 101) until it’s ready for the sauce.

Return pan to the stove & over a medium heat pour in about one cup of the cooked authentic Marinara Sauce. Throw the pasta back into the pot & toss it with the Marinara Sauce until all of it is coated with sauce.

Serve pasta and sauce in a dish or bowl & add additional sauce to the top of each dish.  Sprinkle the top with fresh, extra virgin olive oil & a heavy dusting of Pecorino Romano cheese for an incredible flavor.

Our Authentic Marinara Sauce recipe is as perfect as it gets!

Written by Dino Romano, former Pasta Channel Italian Food Blogger, Italian Cook Extraordinaire,
Entrepreneur and Raconteur. Has taken Kyle Phillips (former Principle/Blogger for the
Guide to Italian Food) to task on several supposedly “authentic” Italian recipes.

4 thoughts on “Marinara Sauce – Our Best, Authentic Marinara Sauce Recipe

  1. This recipe is fabulous. Although my mother never added the sugar, I have been adding the sugar (brown sugar), and it does make the tomatoes explode with flavor. My sauce tastes better than Mom”s and everyone asks what the secret is. I have experimented and determined that it is the neutralizing effect of the sugar that really makes a difference. Love your site. So glad I found you on twitter. ciao

  2. My Father and my Grandparents was where I learned to cook Italian and they would NEVER use sugar. I never have, Possibly a small piece of potato to absorb the acid but Never sugar, just doesn’t taste the same.

  3. Thanks for putting this site together and the marinara recipes. As is always the case with Italians and those of Italian desent, not all recipes are accepted as the “only” way to do it. I commend you for the two recipes but this was not my grandmother’s way (my mother’s mother). She was Neopolitan, from, Sarno, and used very little garilc in her suace and, “god forbid”, sugar! Neither did my father’s mother, from Canna in Calabria. The beautiful thing about Italian cooking is that there are versions of the same dish, made differently in different parts of the country. Now that I have found this site, I hope to come to it frequently to see what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

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