Marinara Sauce: It’s Seriously That Easy

Code Geass R2 - 5 Tomato SauceToday’s recipe is not something that’s featured in anime…. that is, not exactly, anyways. It’s more like a component that can be used in other recipes rather than something you might eat as a main or side dish.

If the image of C.C. struggling in a vat of tomato sauce is any indication, we’ll be looking at marinara sauce in this special 2-part recipe for the primary food featured in Code Geass: pizza!

But, unlike C.C., I guarantee you won’t be drowning while trying to make this recipe! Who says cooking has to be hard?

About the recipe:

This no-cook tomato sauce is super simple to make (with only one item in its directions!), but can be used in a variety of dishes, including pizza, pasta, and with eggs for a great breakfast. It also freezes well, so if you can’t manage to finish it all in one sitting, you can always keep the remainder for use at another date.

A quick note: sometimes the olive oil will rise to the surface if the sauce is left undisturbed for a long period of time. Just give it a quick stir to reincorporate it into the other ingredients, and you should be good to go.

About the ingredients:

Using a can of crushed tomatoes saves lots of time in the kitchen… Of course, you could always make it yourself, but since blanching, peeling, seeding, chopping, and pureeing tomatoes is pretty time consuming, you’re better off just letting your can opener do the work for you!

Kosher salt has much larger grains than regular table salt, so it must be measured differently. Here’s a handy conversion:

2 kosher salt : 1 table salt

Basically, if a recipe calls for kosher salt, you should use half the amount of table salt as the recipe calls for. For example, this recipe calls for 1 tsp of kosher salt. That means, 1/2 tsp of table salt should be used.

The Recipe:

Makes more than enough sauce for 4 nine-inch pizzas.

No-cook Tomato (Marinara) Sauce


  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl; set aside.

Source: Cook’s Illustrated, October 2011


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