Last week the internet was out at our complex which left me wondering, how did we ever work without it. Does anyone else remember having to use a typewriter or write a memo instead of email? I decided to take advantage of the stillness and cook. And shoot. It had been awhile since I did not have any distractions, not that work is a distraction, but I was able to slow down and enjoy this time. Instead of going to the store and buying new ingredients, I decided to go to the pantry and see what I could make with the staples on-hand. This recipe for Classic Marinara Sauce is one that we enjoy at least a couple times a month; super easy to make and so good.
This recipe is inspired by Marcella Hazan who I considered to be an Italian goddess in the kitchen. Her recipes are classic, simple and full of flavor. This marinara sauce is exactly that and can be made at the drop of a hat using what is in your pantry. In the winter, I use canned crushed or whole tomatoes, basically whatever is on hand. In the summer, I will use fresh tomatoes. Rest of the ingredients always stay the same.
You cannot go wrong by keeping this recipe as a staple in your kitchen. It can ready to serve in 45 minutes; or if you have more time, continue cooking it for another hour or two. It only gets better with time. It is great served with any pasta, and it is wonderful over grilled chicken or a firm white fish.