Marinara Sauce

A staple of Italian cuisine, basic marinara sauce is made with tomatoes, garlic, herbs and onions—but we love adding in everything from kimchi to Medjool dates. Marinara is used in such classic dishes as eggplant parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs and lasagna. For a totally unconventional take on marinara, this seafood-curry spaghetti is full of complex flavors. Fresh shrimp, squid and sea scallops are simmered in tomato sauce with curry powder, white wine and crushed red pepper. Curry might seem an odd ingredient for traditional marinara, but if you love spicy food, this dish will be a new favorite. Get more marinara sauce recipes in Food & Wine’s guide.

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Tomato Sauce Recipes

Basic marinara sauce is made with just tomatoes, garlic, herbs and onions, but we love to add everything from kimchi to curry powder. Curry seems like an odd addition to something as traditional as marinara, but if you love spicy food, this dish will be a new favorite. Whether you're looking for a classic Italian dish, a no-cook appetizer or a new take on a favorite, these recipes are perfect any time of year. Here, eight twists on tomato sauce from marinara to pomodoro.

Sweet Potato and Tomato Sauce

Sweet potatoes make an excellent addition to tomato sauce—they are sweet and creamy and balance acidic tomatoes perfectly. Slideshow:  Great Spaghetti Recipes 

Spicy Tomato Sauce

This will coat 1 pound of pasta. Cooked tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, a compound that fights cancer.Plus: Pasta Recipes and Tips

Classic Marinara Sauce

The secret to excellent tomato sauce? According to F&W's Grace Parisi, the trick is starting with superlative whole (not crushed) tomatoes and simmering them with whole (not chopped) garlic cloves. The result: A classic marinara that can quickly be spun into all sorts of variations. More Italian Dishes

Best-Ever Marinara

This delicious, all-purpose marinara sauce is useful in a variety of recipes. F&W editors love this marinara sauce on pizza, with pasta and as a dipping sauce. Slideshow: Top Tomato Dishes 

10-Minute Tomato Sauce

A tablespoon of butter makes this speedy sauce especially luxurious. Michael Schlow recommends leaving the butter out if you're planning to freeze the sauce, and adding it during reheating. Slideshow:  One-Dish Pasta Recipes