PASTA WITH MARINARA SAUCE

This Marinara Pasta recipe is incredibly quick and easy, ready to be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes!

This recipe is ideal for busy moms to quickly pull out and prepare. It offers classic, wholesome flavors that your family will adore!

We all crave a fast and delightful dinner recipe that’s not just satisfying but also incredibly delicious. This one perfectly fits the bill and more! I’m confident you’r going to fall in love with it from your very first try!

Interested in making a delicious, quick, and easy Marinara Pasta at home? Read on to discover how!

What is a Marinara Pasta?

Marinara Pasta is a delightful Italian dish that combines pasta with a delectable marinara sauce. The sauce itself is made from fresh tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and onions, giving the pasta a burst of flavorful taste.

Traditionally, this sauce is employed in Italy to season pasta or pizza. However, nowadays, more and more people have begun using Marinara sauce as a dip for fried foods like seafood dishes, including fried shrimp, or even as a spread on bread croutons.

To make it convenient and time-efficient for you, we’ll use pasta sauce and mix in the right ingredients to achieve those authentic flavors in less than 30 minutes!

INGREDIENTS FOR MARINARA PASTA

To make this delectable pasta dish at home, you only require a few basic, pantry-staple ingredients. Let’s take a look at what they are:

  • Pasta: The foundation of our delightful marinara pasta is, of course, the pasta itself! While I’ve opted for spaghetti, feel free to use your favorite type like penne or any other variety you prefer.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: To transform the pasta into a luscious, cheesy delight, you’ll need some mozzarella cheese. Its creamy texture beautifully complements the marinara flavors, resulting in a dish you’ll adore.
  • Butter: For an extra touch of richness and flavor, include one tablespoon of unsalted butter in this recipe.
  • Heavy Cream: Achieve a wonderfully creamy consistency for the pasta sauce by adding some heavy cream.
  • Pasta Sauce: To save time, this recipe calls for using a jar of pasta sauce. Busy moms will appreciate this convenience. However, if you prefer to prepare homemade marinara sauce, I recommend using San Marzano tomatoes for the most exquisite flavor.
  • Cottage Cheese: Introduce a delightful layer of flavor to the pasta dish with cottage cheese, elevating its taste to new heights.
  • Salt: To harmonize all the flavors, add salt to taste. I suggest using one teaspoon in the sauce and one tablespoon to cook the pasta.

With these simple ingredients, you’ll be able to whip up a mouthwatering pasta dish that will surely impress your taste buds. Enjoy your cooking!

HOW TO MAKE MARINARA PASTA (Step-by-Step)

Making Marinara Pasta at home is incredibly simple! Here’s what you need to do:

  • First, cook the pasta in a large pot following the package instructions. If you prefer a softer texture, you can boil it for an additional 5 minutes, but al dente works too.
  • Next, set a burner to medium heat and melt butter in a large skillet. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss it in the melted butter by stirring it a few times.
  • Next, pour the heavy cream and marinara sauce into the pan and combine them with the pasta thoroughly. Heat the mixture for approximately 1 minute, and then add the cottage cheese to the blend.
  • Add cottage cheese to the pasta and let it simmer for approximately 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Next, switch off the heat and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta. Cover the pan with a lid to let the cheese melt. Serve promptly once the cheese has melted. Alternatively, if you prefer, transfer the pasta into an oven-safe baking dish and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  • Your delicious Marinara Pasta is ready to be served!

Recipe Variation Ideas for Marinara Pasta

This delectable pasta recipe is already a perfect delight, but if you desire to personalize the flavors, here are some delightful ideas to consider:

Cheese: Experiment with different cheeses that tickle your taste buds. The classic Parmesan cheese complements the flavors in this pasta dish remarkably well.

Vegetables: Embrace your favorite veggies and let them shine! Carrots, red peppers, olives, and capers are fantastic choices that pair beautifully with this dish. For an extra touch, garnish with some fresh basil.

Spices: If you crave some heat, toss in a pinch of red pepper flakes to add a spicy kick to the pasta. Additionally, Italian seasonings like oregano can elevate the sauce’s taste. To add an authentic Italian touch, drizzle some olive oil on top.

Make this pasta truly your own by experimenting with these delightful additions!

FAQs

How to Store Leftover Marinara Pasta

If you have any leftovers, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Freezing is not advisable for this quick and easy recipe as it may alter the texture of the cheese and pasta.

Can I prepare marinara sauce at home?

Sure! Start by adding olive oil, garlic, and onions to a pan, then sauté them until they turn lightly golden. Next, pour in some freshly squeezed tomato pulp, using canned San Marzano tomatoes, and let the sauce reduce. Finally, add herbs and a pinch of salt to taste, and savor your delicious homemade Marinara sauce!

What is a marinara pasta sauce made of?

Marinara sauce, also known as pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, is a tomato-based sauce crafted from tomatoes, onions, garlic, and a blend of herbs. Its origins can be traced back to Italy, and it remains a fundamental component in various Italian-American dishes such as Chicken Parmesan or Spaghetti and Meatballs.

RECIPE CARD

PASTA WITH MARINARA SAUCE

PASTA WITH MARINARA SAUCE

This Marinara Pasta recipe is incredibly quick and easy, ready to be on your dinner table in under 30 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

Marinara Pasta Ingredients

  • 1 lb Organic noodle pasta
  • 12 oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted butter
  • ½ cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 jar Pasta sauce (I prefer roasted garlic pasta sauce)
  • ½ cup Cottage cheese
  • Salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, cook the pasta in a large pot following the package instructions. If you prefer a softer texture, you can boil it for an additional 5 minutes, but al dente works too.
  • Next, set a burner to medium heat and melt butter in a large skillet. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss it in the melted butter by stirring it a few times.
  • Next, pour the heavy cream and marinara sauce into the pan and combine them with the pasta thoroughly. Heat the mixture for approximately 1 minute, and then add the cottage cheese to the blend.
  • Add cottage cheese to the pasta and let it simmer for approximately 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Next, switch off the heat and sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pasta. Cover the pan with a lid to let the cheese melt. Serve promptly once the cheese has melted. Alternatively, if you prefer, transfer the pasta into an oven-safe baking dish and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
  • Your delicious Marinara Pasta is ready to be served!

Notes

I enjoy adding a touch of garlic salt and dry parsley to shredded mozzarella cheese for seasoning before I sprinkle it on the pasta. Moreover, I favor baking the pasta in the oven rather than cooking it on the stovetop.
 

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