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10 Ways to Spice Up Your Pasta


Nothing beats a pasta dish made with a classic Italian marinara sauce. There are literally millions of marinara recipes, because each self-proclaimed master of the sauce has his or her own secret ingredients and techniques. The classic marinara consists of tomatoes, oregano, basil and garlic as the base. From there you can add onions, peppers and a range of meats, just to name a few extra ingredients. Every recipe has its own technique, too, like browning the meat with the spices before adding the sauce, or cooking the sauce on low heat with a covered lid for hours. Some chefs like the lid off for a thicker sauce. Some cooks will only eat the sauce the next day after it's had a full 24 hours to blend together. Whatever your technique or recipe, a great marinara sauce is guaranteed to get you kudos at dinnertime.