Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

THE FARMER'S TABLE ; Quick Marinara Sauce

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

THE FARMER'S TABLE ; Quick Marinara Sauce

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Tomato sauce is readily available and relatively inexpensive at the grocery store. There are varieties that are wholesome, made with no artificial ingredients, so why would anyone want to make it from scratch? When my husband proudly brought a peck of ripe tomatoes into the kitchen, I knew I needed to come up with a quick recipe to use those beauties.

I remembered a recipe for Quick Marinara Sauce that would not have me laboring over the stove on a hot summer day. It is an authentic, flavor-packed marinara. Luckily, I had all of the other essential ingredients on hand.

Marinara sauce originated in Naples. It is generally made with olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, basil and oregano, although there are numerous variations.

Several folk theories exist about the origin of the sauce. One version is that cooks aboard Neapolitan ships invented the meatless sauce in the mid-16th century after Spaniards introduced tomatoes to Europe. Since tomatoes contain acid, the sauce was less likely to spoil, making it ideal for sea voyages when refrigeration did not exist on ships. …

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