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A Simple, Delicious Marinara Sauce

A go-to, low-fuss marinara sauce recipe from the author of cookbook/memoir cooking with italian roots.

4:20 PM EDT on July 18, 2023

marinara sauce

Marinara Sauce.

Christina Minutillo, author of the new cookbook/memoir cooking with italian roots, shares her grandmother's recipe for marinara sauce. This sauce, easy to make and use as a base for so many Italian and Italian-American dishes, is a main ingredient in her "Gram's Pizzelle with Marinara Sauce," which she includes and writes about in this excerpt from her excellent new book.

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

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Recipe by Christina Minutillo


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  • 2 tbsp 2 olive oil

  • 4 4 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and minced

  • 2 28 oz cans 2 28 oz crushed tomatoes

  • 6 6 fresh basil leaves, torn

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 tsp 1 salt


  • Coat the bottom of a medium saucepan with olive oil and heat on medium-low on the stove top.
  • Add the garlic and sauté just until sizzling and aromatic.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes to the pan.
  • Rinse the cans with a little water, about ¼ of the can, and pour into the pan.
  • Add basil, grated parmesan, and salt and stir.
  • Increase heat to medium and bring to a slow boil while stirring.
  • Then reduce heat to low, cover, and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

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