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Lidia's basic marinara sauce recipe


In 'Lidia's Italy in America' by Lidia Bastianich


YIELD 4 cups marinara

  • 1 (35 ounce) can san marzano tomatoes, with juices (4 cups)
  • 1⁄3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup sliced garlic (that's right, 1/2 cup)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 stalk fresh basil (about 20 leaves)

For Dressing the Pasta

  • 1⁄3 cup shredded fresh basil, packed
  • 3⁄4 cup freshly grated grana padano or 3⁄4 cup parmigiano-reggiano cheese


  • Pour the tomatoes and their juice into a big mixing bowl.
  • Using both hands, crush the tomatoes and break them up into small pieces (you don't have to mash them to bits, Ms. Bastianich likes tomatoes in 1-inch pieces).
  • Pour the oil into a big skillet, scatter the garlic slices, and set over med-high heat.
  • Cook for 1 1/2 minutes or so, until the slices are sizzling, then push the garlic aside to clear a dry spot to toast the red pepper flakes for 1/2 minute.
  • Shake and stir the pan until the garlic slices are light gold and starting to darken.
  • Immediately pour in the crushed tomatoes, and stir in with the garlic.
  • Rinse out the tomato can and bowl with 1 cup of hot water, and dump this into the skillet as well.
  • Increase heat; sprinkle in salt and stir.
  • Push the stalk of basil into the sauce until completely covered.
  • When the sauce is boiling, cover the pan, decrease the heat slightly, and cook for 10 minutes at an actively bubbling simmer.
  • Uncover the pan, and cook another 5 minutes or so.
  • The sauce should be only slightly reduced from the original volume, still loose and juicy.
  • Before adding pasta, remove the poached basil stalk and discard.
  • Keep the sauce on a low simmer until the pasta is ready.
  • Prepare 1 pound pasta, drain.
  • To dress the pasta with the marinara sauce, toss and cook them together, incorporating the shredded basil.
  • Remove the skillet form the heat, and toss in the cheese just before serving.

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