Our Favorite Marinara Recipes
Spring is just around the corner, and with its arrival we're switching our focus to all things Marinara. Why? Because it's beautiful in its simplicity! It's fresh, and robust in flavors, making it the perfect sauce for springtime! To celebrate Pasta Jay's Classic Marinara, and get you inspired to start incorporating the sauce into your meals, we've picked out some of our favorite recipes that we recommend you try cooking ASAP!
While no one really knows the true origins of Pasta Puttanesca, we are sure of one thing— this Naples based dish is one of our favorites and for a good reason! It's not only oh-so delicious and bursting with flavor, but it is ridiculously easy to make. So, it's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, especially when your pantry is looking a little sparse.
Mussels Fra Diavolo
Take a quick trip to the Italian Coastline, with this delicious recipe for Mussels Fra Diavolo. "Fra Diavolo" in Italian translates to "devil brother", so be warned there is a beautiful little kick of spice brought to the dish from the addition of crushed red pepper. Pair these fresh, wine-doused mussels, with a crusty bread for dipping and soaking up sauce— you'll feel like you've died and gone to heaven.
We don't blame Campania or Sicily for both laying claim to the origins of Eggplant Parmigiana. This dish, made of crispy eggplant, bubbling marinara and a generous helping perfectly melted cheese is certainly one worth fighting over—there's no denying your family will be arguing over who gets the last piece!
This simple pasta bake recipe is a favorite of ours. It's an easy to prepare, wholesome meal that only requires 4 total ingredients. That means a short amount of prep and more time to enjoy dinner with your friends or family. You can easily personalize the recipe by either replacing the ground beef with a different type of meat, or adding another kind of cheese as a topping or into the casserole itself. No matter how you decide to prepare it, this version of baked rigatoni is sure to have everyone reaching for seconds. Enjoy!
Spinach and Three Cheese Manicotti
Who could ever say a rich, creamy spinach and three cheese ricotta stuffing served with marinara and topped with more melty cheese doesn't sound delish!? The fresh ricotta is nice and creamy and compliments the mozzarella inside. Paired with our very own Classic Marinara Sauce, this one really spells comfort food. So for any vegetarians or those who just want to cut back on the meat, try out this cheesy manicotti recipe!
Baked Ziti Bolognese
Layers of tender ziti noodles. Hearty Bolognese sauce. Fresh mozzarella cheese. All baked and topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese... Wanna come over? This Bolognese inspired baked ziti is a great weeknight dish or perfect for a big Sunday dinner crowd. Serve with a mixed spring greens salad and you are set! Adding ground beef to this dish elevates your everyday cheesy baked ziti and makes it a more complete and satisfying family meal. The bolognese sauce is made simple, using our very own Classic Marinara Sauce. Baking everything together allows the ingredients and flavors to blend and you are left with a pasta bake worthy of any dinner table. So EASY and so good!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Meatballs are classic comfort food and should therefore be kept simple. This meatball recipe is the perfect staple for any kitchen – it’s easy to prep and these meatballs come out tender, juicy and full of flavor every time! They’re big enough to require a fork, but modest enough to justify several on the plate. Simmered in our homemade marinara sauce, they’re perfect for topping spaghetti noodles, or just enjoying as an appetizer. Nothing fancy. Totally old-school.
Margherita pizza has become a popular recipe served throughout Italy over the years. That popularity has carried beyond just Italy, as you can pretty much find an option for a Margherita pizza on the menu in almost any Italian restaurant nowadays.
Traditionally, this pizza is prepared using fresh dough and ingredients, but it can easily be prepared with a store bought or pre-made crust as well (Simply layer your sauce and ingredients on top and bake). This particular Italian recipe utilizes fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes as the core ingredients. There’s a simple explanation for this, as these ingredients purposefully reflect the national colors of Italy. Originally, this pizza was created in honor of Queen Margherita of Savoy, by a famous Italian pizza maker named Raffaele Esposito. So enjoy a pizza that’s quite literally fit for a queen!