We might have a spaghetti problem. No, seriously. We love pasta sooo much, that we can’t help but mentioning it every time we have the opportunity—and sometimes, even when we shouldn’t. We literally gathered some of the most well-known Italian main dishes, and we still managed to sneak pasta in. But you will forgive us, right? After all, it’s not like we are doing it for no reason, but for ALL THE REASONS. So while this time, we are not writing an article which is 100% dedicated to pasta, it still has very much to do with it and with a very special sauce whose contribution is what makes pasta so delicious in first place.
If you think that marinara has anything to do with sailors (marinaro) or with marine life, it’s cute…BUT IT’S WRONG. As a matter of fact, the spaghetti marinara recipe has nothing to do with seafood. No prawns, no oysters. The only thing remotely connected to the sea is the addition of anchovies, but it has no connection to the name of the sauce. We just like anchovies.
Still, marinara does have a real connection to sailors after all, in the way that it was the sauce the sailors would receive upon their return from their attempt to conquer the seven seas. The sauce has its origin tied to Naples and it’s the go-to one for pasta, although the great thing about it is that it can be used with plenty of other dishes.
But marinara is just as good as its tomatoes. They really need to be of the highest quality if you want to make the best out of it. True Italian lovers will try to get their hands on the San Marzano tomatoes, directly imported from Italy, but if those are too hard to find (although, psssst!, but NonnaBox might help), it’s best to experiment with different types of tomatoes until finding the right one. And no—we don’t want to hear about canned tomatoes. We like our ingredients fresh and so should you.
The spaghetti marinara recipe is anything but difficult. Even though we highly recommend you use fresh ingredients, you shouldn’t be worried by the prospect. Luckily, every single ingredient is easy to find at your local super market. This dish is very tasty and it delights with such an intense and lovely fragrance, that we can’t help but surrender to it. It smells like home—it’s the kind of dish that makes you call your friends and serve them with it. Okay, actually, it might taste SO GOOD, that you will want to have all the bowl just for yourself. The reason why spaghetti marinara is something special is that it doesn’t quite fit the traditional garlic, oil and hot pepper mold, but gives the spaghetti a change of taste which we will never get tired of. Did we already tell you we love pasta?
Without further ado, here is all you need for a perfect Italian dinner with our spaghetti marinara recipe.