Living in Italian: Marinara Sauce

October 25, 2016

In her new series, Living in Italian: NYC Fiorella draws on her Italian roots to show how you can Get in Touch with Your Food & live a healthy lifestyle by cooking in your New York City apartment!


Italians know how to get saucy! Marinara sauce is the quintessential staple food in every Italian kitchen. It is packed with amazing flavor and nutrition with minimal effort! This fool-proof marinara sauce with crushed tomatoes will become the base of many dishes in your cooking future! My family has a long tradition of jarring tomatoes every September, the same ones we use for marinara sauce. Read more about it here in Nutrition RX: Tomato.


Marinara Sauce



  • Crushed Tomatoes, canned

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Crushed Garlic

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Basil

  • Pepperoncino, optional

  • Tomatoes, optional


  1. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add crushed garlic and heat until aromatic. Add pepperoncino if using. 

  2. Slowly pour in a can of crushed tomatoes. Stir tomatoes and lower heat to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add chopped tomatoes for added texture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Before turn take heat, add basil. 

  4. Serve over your favorite pasta or vegetables. And enjoy!

Nutrition RX: Marinara Sauce

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin A

  • Lycopene

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