Spaghetti Sauce

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spaghetti sauce in a pan

The variations for this spaghetti sauce are endless - 

It's really simple - as you can see, it can be a storecupboard meal.

You could add any of these or a combination:-
A can of tuna
A can of crab
6 oz (150g) of cooked peeled prawns
6 oz (150g) frozen mixed seafood
A few mushrooms sliced thinly - add them with the tomatoes
Monkfish - cut into cubes and fry before adding to the sauce

Don't be afraid to experiment - have a try.

Seafood Pasta Sauce
2 tbspns olive oil
1 clove garlic - peeled and crushed
1 onion - peeled and diced
1 14 oz (400g) can peeled chopped italian plum tomatoes
1 tbspn tomato puree
1 tspn dried basil or oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a pan and fry the garlic and onion until softened.

Add the tomatoes, puree and basil and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the sauce is thick and pulpy - taste and adjust seasoning.

If you like your sauce smooth, then at this point you can puree it either with a stick blender or in a processor.

Add your seafood now and allow the sauce to bubble for a few minutes so that the flavours combine and it's nice and hot.

Serve over freshly boiled spaghetti or pasta of your choice.

Freshly grated parmesan cheese and some crusty bread to mop up the juices are the order of the day.

Cook's Notes

This basic spaghetti sauce recipe is good as it is. It's one I regularly make as my base. 

I like to add all sorts of stuff to it - chopped pepper is lovely, it adds a bit of a bite and bitterness to counteract the sweetness of the tomatoes. 

I like to cook sausages and slice them into the sauce - then mix it with cooked pasta, add some grated cheese and bake in the oven until the top is golden. 

Sometimes, I'll have it just plain but with loads of parmesan grated over. 

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Spaghetti Sauce


Spaghetti Sauce

A versatile base tomato spaghetti sauce. Add canned seafood, fresh or defrosted to make your own variation of Seafood Marinara sauce to serve over pasta..

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Main Ingredient: tomato, onion