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Marinara sauce is a popular ingredient in most homemade pastas. Aside from its easy procedure, the ingredients needed for its creation are already available in your kitchen. Despite the heavy look of marinara pasta, it cannot be denied that it is packed with healthy benefits good for people of all ages.
The ingredients of marinara sauce are often composed of tomatoes, onions and garlic. These classic items have their own share of nutrition that are good for the overall well-being. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants that help the body fight aging and diseases such as diabetes and migraines. They also develop the prostate, colon, bone, heart and pancreas, making them an all-around antioxidant powerhouse. It is also believed that eating tomatoes will improve cholesterol profiles gradually. Onions, on the other hand, support bones and connective tissues. Just like tomatoes, they have outstanding benefits on the cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory functions of the body. Garlic is known to be a cancer fighter and a booster for metabolism. Daily intake of this healthy herb lowers blood pressure and provides antibacterial and antiviral benefits for the body.
Using marinara sauce for homemade pasta rather than getting store-bought sauce proves to be economical and beneficial at the same time. It has lesser preservatives and packs a whole lot of flavor that will surely satisfy the taste buds of your family. Here is a recipe in making marinara sauce at home:
- 1 Onion , chopped
- 1 lbs of Penne Pasta
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Olive Oil
- 1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
- In a large pot, boil water and sprinkle it with salt.
- While waiting for it to boil, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil using a medium-sized pan.
- Turn the heat to medium and wait for 5 minutes for the onions and garlic to soften and become translucent.
- In the medium sized pan, put the tomatoes and half amount of the basil.
- You can sprinkle salt and pepper for added flavors.
- Wait for the mixture to simmer and cook it again for appoxiately 20 minutes. Half the time with the lid on, and the other half without it.
- If you can already tell that the sauce is finally cooked, prepare the pasta and cook it based on the instructions on its packaging. You can also use other pasta if you do not have penne pasta.
- After cooking the pasta and draining it, put it in the large pot with boiling unsalted water. Also pour half of the sauce mixture in the pot.
- Mix them well with fresh basil. Stir them until they are completely cooked.
- Pour the pasta into a large plate and add some of the remaining sauce mixture.
- For added flavor and presentation, place fresh basil and shavings of parmiggianoReggiano on top of the dish. Grated parmiggianoReggiano is a better garnish than the freshly shaved counterpart.
Kids are often inclined to eat pasta whenever they have the chance. Instead of serving them meaty spaghetti, opt for the healthier option which is marinara pasta.
Author Bio: Linda Rosario is a food blogger from Chef Needs “The Kitchen that Every Restaurant Needs”. Aside from blogging and cooking, Linda works for 24 hours, seven days a week as a Full time mom of two bright and awesome kids.