Family traditions led to an unusual name for a quick, easy-to-make Italian staple that crosses cultural boundaries.
This sauce, which works in all manner of Italian dishes calling for red sauce, blends thinking of Sicilian and Northern Italian former in-laws. It’s loaded with meats, but you can reserve sauce without meat, too. I’ve thrown in ideas for a vegetarian, too. Feeds a small army. Freezes well.
Simple Marinara was birthed as a vegetarian and gluten free dietary option for an Italian dish. If fresh tomatoes are used it contains no added sodium. It pairs well with spaghetti squash.
When you have an Italian ex, a Jewish husband and a love of carbs, an invention like this is perhaps inevitable. Italian meatloaf with matzo meal? Why not?