Spaghetti is just a thin long pasta. Initially, the only difference in dried spaghetti seen in the markets was brand names, but now there are several other options to pick from. There are multigrain and whole wheat varieties offering more fibre, vegetable pasta like beet or spinach provide colourful options, rice, corn or quinoa spaghetti make possible gluten-free meals. It is a staple in the Italian diet, and a delicious one at that. This tutorial is going to show how to prepare the traditional Italian spaghetti with the delicious marinara sauce in five steps.
Step One: Gather Your Ingredients and Materials
Before you can begin preparing your spaghetti and sauce you have to get the correct ingredients and materials.
For the Spaghetti
- 1 pack of spaghetti
- 1 container of marinara sauce
- 1 pound Italian sausage or ground beef
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil or olive oil
- half tablespoon salt
- 3 cups of water
- 2 big pots
For the Marinara Sauce
- 1 large onions, finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 medium-size carrot, chopped
- 3 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 30-ounce tomato sauce
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of dry red wine
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons snipped flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tablespoons snipped basil
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- half teaspoon salt
- a quarter teaspoon black pepper
- large saucepan
Step Two: Boil water
Fill one of the pots with 3 cups of water, add the salt for seasoning, add the cooking oil or olive oil to the water to prevent the spaghetti from sticking together. Heat the water until it boils. Be sure to not use too much oil as it can prevent the pasta from absorbing the sauce. You can skip the oil altogether if you use an adequate amount of water and stir the spaghetti at intervals while cooking.
Step Three: Adding the Spaghetti
- When the water begins to boil, add the spaghetti. If you are not comfortable with the length of the spaghetti, you can break them to shorter lengths in a large bowl before adding them to the boiling water.
- Slightly lower the heat to prevent the water from boiling over. Cook until the spaghetti is firm to the bite or al dente.
Under-cooked spaghetti will have a hard-whitish core, and an overcooked one will be soggy.
Step four: Drain the Spaghetti
When the spaghetti is ready, drain it in the colander. Ensure you remove as much water as possible as too much water can make your sauce runny.
Step Five: Prepare the Marinara Sauce
- Add the oil, onions, carrot, celery, and garlic in the saucepan over medium heat and stir until they are softer.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, water, dry red wine, parsley, basil, tomato paste, seasoning, sugar, bay leaves, salt, and black pepper.
- Once it boils, lower the heat and allow to simmer uncovered, stirring from time to time until you get a good consistency stirring.
- You can preserve cooled sauce in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Know, serve that delicious sauce on top of the fresh pasta and enjoy!