This simple marinara sauce comes from Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can Master (Amazon link). It’s just got a few simple ingredients but if you start with good canned tomatoes, you’ll end up with a tasty marinara sauce.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 5-7 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
- 1 28- oz can crushed tomatoes or whole tomatoes crushed by hand
- 1 cup water
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 sprig of fresh basil
- Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet, then add the garlic. Stir and let cook just a minute then add the tomatoes. Rinse the tomato can out with about a cup of water and add that to the pan. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and salt, then add the basil and stir it all together.
- Simmer about 15 minutes, stirring now and then. Discard the basil before serving.
- This makes enough for 1 pound of pasta, about 3 1/2 cups.