Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Marinara sauce is perfect for dipping

If your family loves marinara sauce, the ubiquitous sauce that came to us from Naples, the chances are while it is simmering on the stove, everyone wants to sneak in with a little piece of bread and give it a loving dip. What could be better?

So why fight a losing battle? Make your best marinara -- the basis of which is tomatoes, garlic, herbs and onions -- and serve it with a loaf of crusty bread, or a flat bread made from pizza dough.

Your family is going to love you for this.


1 large can whole imported Italian tomatoes

1 pinch sugar

2 garlic cloves

Small handful of fresh basil leaves


Olive oil

Loaf crusty bread

Combine the tomatoes and their juices, sugar and garlic and simmer for 30 minutes. Make sure the tomatoes get smashed up a bit; do not leave them whole. Add a pinch of salt and cook 10 minutes more. Now add the basil and olive oil, just as much as you like. Give it a good stir and serve in a large bowl, so there will be plenty of elbowroom for everyone wanting to dip at the same time. Add a handful of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano if you like.