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Old 09-21-2005, 09:53 AM   #1
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Question: Tomato Sauce or Marinara Sauce

Are they one in the same or different? I am looking at Michael Chiarello Entertaining Mom's Tomato Sauce and Giada's from Everyday Italians Marinara. When I think of Tomato Sauce I think of those little cans of Hunts Tomato Sauce.

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Old 09-21-2005, 10:39 AM   #2
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Different, Marinara is seasoned and not as thick as tomato paste and tomato past is not seasoned.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:54 AM   #3
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Originally, marinara was a seafood based tomato sauce (think spaghetti sauce, not Hunt's). In the US, marinara has come to mean a tomato sauce that has no meat in it.
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Originally, marinara sauce actually did not have any seafood in it. The name is derived from the Italian word for sailor but it was the name for a sauce that was made when the sailors returned from the sea. The sauce is originally from Naples and was also used as a topping for pizza which also came from Naples.

Tomato paste and tomato sauce are two different things. The basic Italian tomato sauce is a pomodoro and everyone has their own recipe but it's pretty basic: Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Onion, Celery, and/or Carrot, White Wine (optional).
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