Best 20 Marinara Pasta Recipes


If you’re a pasta lover like me, then you know there’s something truly comforting about a delicious plate of marinara pasta. This classic Italian dish is beloved all around the globe for its simplicity and rich flavors. In this blog post, I will share with you my favorite marinara pasta recipe that you can easily recreate at home. So grab your apron and get ready to cook up some culinary magic!


To prepare this mouthwatering marinara pasta dish, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 pound of pasta (spaghetti or your favorite pasta shape)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (adjust to your desired spice level)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving


Now that we have all the ingredients ready, let’s dive into the cooking process. Follow these simple steps to prepare a delectable marinara pasta:

  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add a generous amount of salt to the boiling water, followed by the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until it reaches al dente perfection. Drain the pasta and set it aside.

  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for a minute or until fragrant. Be careful not to let the garlic burn.

  3. Carefully pour in the can of crushed tomatoes, along with the dried basil, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Give everything a good stir to combine the flavors. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Taste the marinara sauce and season with salt and pepper according to your preference. If you feel like the sauce is too thick, you can add a splash of water to thin it out slightly.

  5. Once the marinara sauce is ready, add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss it well to ensure each strand is coated in that luscious tomato-based sauce.

  6. Serve the marinara pasta hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves for an extra pop of flavor. Don’t forget to sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on top before digging in!

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned ones?

    • Absolutely! If you have fresh, ripe tomatoes on hand, you can blanch them, remove the skins, and crush them to use in place of the canned ones. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly to allow the sauce to thicken.
  2. Can I add meat to the sauce for a heartier meal?
    • Of course! If you prefer a meaty marinara sauce, you can brown some ground meat (such as beef, sausage, or turkey) in the skillet before adding the garlic and proceed with the recipe as instructed. It will add a delightful richness to the dish.
  3. What can I serve alongside marinara pasta?
    • Marinara pasta pairs perfectly with a variety of side dishes. You can serve it with a fresh green salad, garlic bread, or even some roasted vegetables for a wholesome meal.
  4. Can I freeze the leftovers?
    • Yes, you can! If you have any leftovers, let them cool down completely, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-friendly bags. The marinara pasta can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat whenever you’re craving a quick and delicious meal.
  5. Can I use gluten-free pasta for this recipe?
    • Absolutely! Feel free to use gluten-free pasta if you have any dietary restrictions. Just follow the package instructions for cooking time and make sure to adjust the amounts of salt and seasoning accordingly.

Now you have all the information you need to whip up a delectable marinara pasta dish. Give this recipe a try and impress your friends and family with your culinary skills. Buon appetito!

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