Spaghetti Marinara


Spaghetti Marinara.
Today I’d like to share a recipe for Spaghetti Marinara.Spaghetti Marinara is a dish that originated in Southern Italy with both Naples & Sicily claiming bragging rights as to its true origins.In Italian Spaghetti Alla Marinara literally translates to ‘Mariners Spaghetti’
This recipe serves 6
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra to serve 
1 onion finely diced
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 cup or 250ml dry white wine
3 tablespoon’s tomato paste
2 x 410g cans italian crushed tomatoes
500g spaghetti
1/2 kg marinara mix(from your fish monger or supermarket deli)
300g black mussels washed & debearded
2 tablespoons fresh chopped flat- leaf parsley
Salt & pepper to season
Homemade garlic bread to serve
Method
1 heat oil in a large heavy based saucepan over medium heat,add onion & cook for 3-4 mins or until soft.
2 add garlic & white wine & simmer 2 mins then add tomato paste crushed tomatoes & simmer for 15-20 mins stirring a few times until sauce slightly thickens,season well w/ salt&pepper.
3 meanwhile cook spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente(to the tooth)drain well & toss through a little olive oil to stop the spaghetti sticking.
4 add marinara mix & mussels to the tomato sauce & cover w/a lid & cook a further 3-5mins over medium heat & discarding any mussels that do not open.
5 stir in chopped parsley & gently toss spaghetti through the sauce & serve in a bowl.
6 I like homemade garlic bread as a side so I can mop up the remaining sauce at the bottom of the bowl 😊
This dish would make an excellent mid-week dinner or perfect to serve on Good Friday.
Spaghetti Marinara is a favourite of mine & I have eaten it all around the world & have made it at home many times & have to say the best Spaghetti Marinara I’ve ever eaten was at the Spaghetti Factory in Vancouver BC Canada.
Easy to prepare,easy to cook,please enjoy 😊
BON APPETIT
Chef Steve