Thomas DeLuca of Wholesale Italian Food shares his family's recipe for marinara sauce. To begin, add extra virgin olive oil to a heated pan, enough to cover the bottom. Chop 6-8 cloves of fresh garlic and add to the heated oil. Next, add a large can of San Manzano whole tomatoes. They come as whole tomatoes, so mash them a little with a potato masher in the pot. Now it is time for the herbs to be added to the tomatoes to finish up the sauce. Take a large fist full of Italian parsley and remove the leaves from the stems. Then, about 15 leaves of basil should be chopped and all herbs should be added to the pot. Fill the tomato can about 1/3 of the way with water and add to the pot. Give it all a good stir and cover before simmering on medium heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
Thomas explains that marinara sauce is a staple in Italian cooking and can be used as the base for all kinds of recipes such as pasta, chicken, pork chops, and meatball sandwiches.