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Tangy Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta

Quick and easy marinara pasta for any day of the week.

Angel Hair with Marinara Pasta

This marinara sauce is quick and easy to make and tastes wonderful.

The “tangy” taste comes from a combination of herbs, spices, and a splash of white vinegar.

This sauce tastes delicious over any type of pasta.

If there happens to be any leftover sauce, it keeps well in the freezer too.

For a quick meal,  just thaw the sauce, heat it up, boil some pasta, and just like that…a home cooked meal is ready to eat.

This pasta dish tastes really good with a side of garlic bread.

Here’s my go-to recipe that you may like “Easy Homemade Garlic Bread“.

It makes the perfect side dish for marinara pasta.

Here are more recipes with marinara sauce you may like “Marinara Sauce & Pasta with Butter and Wine Sautéed Mushrooms“, “Italian Sausage and Radiatore Pasta One-Skillet Meal” and “Cheesy Meatball Sandwich with Marinara Sauce“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Marinara Pasta Ingredients

Tomato sauce, olive oil, onion, garlic, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, dried oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, parsley, salt, ground black pepper, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and angel hair pasta (or your favorite pasta).

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Marinara Sauce:

Inside of Saucepan

Heat a medium size pot on low heat and add olive oil.

Chopped Onion on Cutting Board

To the pan,

Chopped Onion in Pan

…add diced onions,

Chopped Onion in Pan

…and stir.

Chopped Garlic on Cutting Board

As the onions start to turn translucent,

Garlic and Onion in Pan

…add diced garlic and continuously stir.

Add Red Peppers in Onion

Add dried red pepper flakes and continue to stir.

Saute Onion in Pan

Then…

Tomato Sauce in Pan

Stir in tomato sauce and water.

Spices and Herbs in Marinara

Add salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried basil and dried oregano.

Herbs and Spices in Marinara

Stir together.

Worcestershire Sauce in Marinara

To the pan, add Worcestershire sauce,

Marinara Sauce in Pan

…vinegar and,

Parmesan Cheese in Marinara Sauce

…Parmesan cheese.  Stir together.

Simmer uncovered on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour.  Stir occasionally.

If a thicker sauce is preferred, let simmer longer until it has the desired consistency.

Transfer a small spoonful of sauce to a small bowl.  Let cool enough for a taste test and add more salt to the sauce if needed.

For the Pasta:

Angel Hair Pasta in Pot

Approximately 3 minutes before serving the dish, add the angel hair pasta to boiling water with salt.

Cook until al dente (firm) according to package instructions.

Cooked Angel Hair Pasta

Drain the pasta (don’t rinse).

TIP – Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

Marinara Sauce with Pasta

Serve the pasta right away and top with warm marinara sauce.

Angel Hair with Marinara Pasta

Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

More Pasta Recipes You May Like:

Linguine and Tomato Cream Sauce

Mexican Fideo Pasta with Vegetables

Browned Butter and Lemon Pasta with Bacon

Stuffed Shells with Marinara Sauce

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Angel Hair with Marinara Pasta

Tangy Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta

Quick and easy marinara pasta for any day of the week.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Marinara Sauce, Pasta and Marinara Sauce, Pasta Sauce
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and diced
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese for the sauce

For the Pasta:

  • 4 servings of angel hair pasta or your favorite pasta
  • Water for boiling the pasta
  • 3 teaspoons salt for boiling the pasta
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping the pasta dish

Instructions

For the Marinara Sauce:

  • Heat a medium size pot on low heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add diced onions and continuously stir.  When the onions start to turn translucent add diced garlic and continuously stir.
  • Then stir in the tomato sauce, water, dried red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried basil and dried oregano. Stir together.
  • To the pan, add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and Parmesan cheese.  Stir all ingredients together. 
  • Simmer uncovered on low heat for 45 minutes to an hour.  Stir occasionally.  If a thicker sauce is preferred, let simmer longer until it has the desired consistency.
  • Transfer a small spoonful of sauce to a small bowl.  Let cool enough for a taste test it.  Add more salt to the sauce if needed.

For the Pasta:

  • Approximately 3 minutes before serving the dish, add the angel hair pasta to boiling water with salt.
  • Cook the pasta until its al-dente according to package instructions. 
  • Drain the pasta (don't rinse).  
    Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
  • Serve with the pasta right away topped with warm marinara sauce. 
  • Top each serving with the grated Parmesan cheese.

Video

Notes

TIP:

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.
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11 Comments

  1. So happy to have found this recipe, you cook like I do. just wondering about some substitutions. I like to add red wine to my sauce and I’ve never added white vinegar and Worcestershire before. Any ideas how that might change the flavor?

    • Hi Tami, thank you for asking this question. I think that red wine would give the sauce a more robust and rich flavor while the vinegar and Worcestershire (which is made with a vinegar base) adds sharpness or tang to the sauce. Both options sound delicious to me!

  2. Awesome flavour taste like Italian authentic restaurant sauce, just thought touch thin, or have to simmer some time together good thickness

    • Hi Ralph, Thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you liked the taste and you’re right, for a thicker sauce more simmer time is needed. I’ve updated the recipe to reflect this in case others may like a thicker sauce too.

  3. I’m making this for dinner tonight for my guests who are volunteers for the local animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming organization, Saving Whiskers And Tails (SWAT), Ltd. Several of our members are vegetarian, so this recipe, a salad and homemade tomato/basil bread with some vino and we’re set to go!! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Loren, sounds delicious along with salad and the tomato/basil bread. And vino too! The vinegar and salt should give the sauce a subtle kick and to it. For sure give it a taste test to see if the sauce would need a little more of either one. Have a wonderful dinner!

  4. Love this marinara sauce and gorgeous photos as well 🙂

  5. Your photos look amazing! And the tangy marinara sauce with my favorite angel hair pasta looks so delicious! I love the splash of vinegar. I have to try that sometime!

  6. Thank you!….and I’m actually the same way about measuring….sometimes I have to re-make the recipe because I forgot to measure!