Ldquo in italy alla marinara refers to a sauce made with tomatoes basil and oregano but also sometimes olives capers and salted anchovies it is used for spaghetti and vermicelli but also with meat or fish this is not to be confused with spaghetti marinara a popular dish in australia new zealand spain and south africa in which a tomato based sauce is mixed with fresh seafood.

Crushed tomatoes while you can certainly use and cook fresh tomatoes for this recipe i prefer meals i can quickly prepare in the interest of quick and easy we rsquo re using canned tomatoes in our recipe diced tomatoes ndash these will add texture to your sauce white onion ndash dice your onion small if you have picky eaters garlic cloves ndash minced add as much as you like.