Marinara is an Italian sauce that is usually served over pasta or on a pizza. The recipe originates in Naples, Italy and can be enhanced with capers, olives, or a dash of red wine.
- Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
- Garlic - 1 clove, cut in fourths
- Canned Tomato - 2 (16 oz each) cans, crushed
- Basil - 1/4 cup
- Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
- Black Pepper - 1/4 teaspoon
- Slowly heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the four pieces of garlic to the oil.
- Once the garlic begins to turn brown, carefully remove them from the oil & discard them. Add the tomatoes (with juice) to the saucepan.
- Add the basil, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Once the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened.
VARIATION: For a meat sauce, add 1/2 pound cooked ground beef before simmering.