For You: A Classic Marinara Sauce

An essential recipe for your kitchen from Cento Fine Foods


Sponsored by Cento Fine Foods

One of the most versatile recipes every chef should have in their repertoire is a simple and satisfying marinara sauce that pops with the fresh flavor of tomatoes. Though traditionally served on pizza or pasta, a classically made tomato sauce opens a door of possibilities as it can be transformed to fit almost every recipe and cuisine.

Ask any Italian and they’ll tell you the secret to making the perfect sauce is using premium quality ingredients, specifically imported certified San Marzano tomatoes. San Marzano tomatoes are widely recognized as the gold standard by top chefs, Italian cooks and foodies because of their thick inner walls, few seeds and sweeter, less acidic taste. Specially grown and processed in the Sarnese Nocerino area of Italy, the ideal Mediterranean microclimate, rich volcanic soil from Mount Vesuvius and high water table of the area all combine to make San Marzano tomatoes the premier choice for any recipe.

Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes are held to the highest of standards and monitored from seed to shelf, adhering to the strict conditions and regulations set by Cento. Certified San Marzano tomatoes follow very specific guidelines in terms of growing, selection and processing. Each can of Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes comes stamped with a lot code which allows us to trace each can to the exact farm in Italy where the tomatoes were picked. Using Find My Field, you can view the exact field from which your Cento can came from on Google Earth. Try it out for yourself and learn more about Cento Certified San Marzano Tomatoes:

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San Marzano Marinara Sauce

Prep time: 5 min
Cooking time: 25 min

Heat oil over a medium flame in a medium sauce pan. Sauté the onion until translucent, approximately one minute, then add garlic and gently brown for an additional minute. Pour in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir well, cover and let simmer for 20 minutes or until desired thickness is achieved. Remove from heat, add basil and spoon sauce over your favorite pasta.

Serves 4-6.

This content and recipe was sponsored in partnership with Cento Foods.