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Tangy Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta

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

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 served.

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.

Let’s check out the 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:

Heat a large pot on low heat and add olive oil.

To the pan,

…add diced onions,

…and stir.

As the onions start to turn translucent,

…add diced garlic and continuously stir.

Add dried red pepper flakes and continue to stir.

Then…

Stir in tomato sauce and water.

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

Stir together.

To the pan, add Worcestershire sauce,

…vinegar and,

…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:

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

Cook al dente (firm) according to package instructions.

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.

Serve the pasta right away and top with warm marinara sauce.  Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and enjoy.

Thank you so much for stopping by CCC!

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Tangy Marinara Sauce and Angel Hair Pasta

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Marinara Sauce, Pasta and Marinara Sauce, Pasta Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
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:

  1. Heat a large 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.

  2. Then stir in the tomato sauce, water, dried red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried basil and dried oregano. Stir together.

  3. To the pan, add Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and Parmesan cheese.  Stir all ingredients together. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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:

  1. 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. 

  2. 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.

  3. Serve with the pasta right away topped with warm marinara sauce. 

  4. Top each serving with the grated Parmesan cheese.

Recipe 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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9 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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!

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