I Found Happiness in My Spaghetti Marinara

I’ll be frank.  I’ve never tried making Spaghetti Marinara on my own before, because I figured it would be too difficult to make (yeah, I was too lazy to even bother googling it..haha).  At home, I’d always made Bolognese sauce, so my kids have their marinara fix at restarants.

But then a dear friend of mine shared her really easy-to-make homemade marinara sauce.  With such a easy recipe, how could I resist?  I just had to try it out.


And the results?  Absolute Perfezione! 🙂

I got a fantastic marinara sauce that tasted oh-so-good with spaghetti, and best of all, the kids loved it! 🙂  It’s 100% vegetarian (just in case anyone wanted a vegetarian meal) and I could easily convert it into a shrimp marinara (by adding shrimps) or chicken marinara (by adding cubed chicken breast).  It’s a yummy, slurpy homemade meal that does not burn a hole in your purse! 🙂


Here’s my recipe for Spaghetti Marinara (yields about 4 servings, depending on how big an eater you are):


  • 6 medium-sized tomatoes, peeled and chopped coarsely
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh Basil, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Dash of black pepper (according to taste)
  • Your favorite pasta (Spaghetti, linguini, etc)


  1. Heat olive oil under medium heat in a saucepan, then add minced garlic.
  2. Cook till fragrant (without burning).
  3. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper.
  4. Once it boils, simmer uncovered under low heat for about 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in basil and parsley, cook for 1 minute.
  6. Serve over cooked pasta.
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2 Responses to I Found Happiness in My Spaghetti Marinara

  1. littlelamb says:

    I dont mind trying.
    However the peeling of tomatoe skin will be difficult…I guess i need more practice…ehehe

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, it’s a really easy recipe and it’s tasty too! Plus it gets vegetables into the kids 🙂 There is a secret to peeling tomatoes easily
    1. Using a small knife, make a very shallow crosscut at the base of the tomatoes.
    2. Boil some water in a pot, and keep another pot nearby with cold water.
    3. As soon as the water is boiled, drop the tomatoes into the hot water.
    4. Leave the tomatoes for ONLY about 20 seconds. Make sure you don’t leave it too long or the tomatoes will start cooking!
    5. Remove tomatoes promptly and plunge straightaway into the pot of cold water.
    6. Leave for about a minute or so, and when it’s cooled down, you will find that the tomato skin peels away easily!

  2. Kit says:

    You’re turning into quite a cook 😀 I must try this recipe too when I have the time!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks! Oh, but you don’t need a whole lot of time for this one… let me know if you do try it! 🙂

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