Definition of marinara in English:



  • usually as modifier (in Italian cooking) a sauce made from tomatoes, onions, and herbs, served especially with pasta.

    • ‘You can even double your vegetable intake by mixing some shredded zucchini or carrots into the sauce (the sugar in the marinara will squelch any bitter taste).’
    • ‘On another visit, the feature was eggplant Parmesan panini, consisting of breaded eggplant, cheese, raw red onion, sliced tomato and a marinara sauce for dipping.’
    • ‘To be on the safe side, she'd prepared a large but light pasta marinara, with salad on the side.’
    • ‘Dip it in mustard or marinara sauce for flavor with few added calories.’
    • ‘To put it bluntly, the marinara tastes as if it comes from a jar, or as a dining partner said ‘Chef Boy-r-dee’.’
    • ‘A plate of pasta and marinara may contain 1,300 or more calories and 81 grams of fat (24 grams saturated).’
    • ‘The worst dinner I ever had in my life came from a girlfriend who made crunchy spaghetti and topped it with a marinara that could best be described as thickened water with a hint of tomato.’
    • ‘Serve the steak with hot, buttered noodles sprinkled with chopped parsley or penne pasta topped with your favorite marinara sauce.’
    • ‘We serve our mussels with marinara, which is very Italian, but they also have chili and sake, from our mother.’
    • ‘I don't mean to sound bitter or cynical, but today I just can't help thinking that the world can keep on going to hell until I find a real marinara that I don't have to make myself.’
    • ‘Keep the basics on hand: frozen marinara and pesto for quick pasta meals, and a simple vegetable or chicken stock for fast soups.’
    • ‘A holdover from Italian occupation in the south is a love for pasta and marinara sauce.’
    • ‘‘I'll have the five-cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, please,’ I said.’
    • ‘Calamari is perfectly crisp, but the rudimentary basil marinara could have come off a supermarket shelf.’
    • ‘She set out pasta and marinara sauce, along with table settings, and urged everyone to eat as much as they wanted.’
    • ‘Spaghetti with a lowfat marinara sauce is a better option than lasagna or ziti stuffed with meat and cheese.’
    • ‘Italian marinara sauce is rich in antioxidants (thanks to the lycopene in tomatoes), but did you know it's also brimming with oil?’
    • ‘Top with marinara and provolone, grated parmesan.’
    • ‘Skip the pasta Alfredo, she suggested; go for the marinara.’
    • ‘And if people are going to come in and expect lasagna, ravioli, marinara, and the like, it means one less space for another dish.’


From the Italian phrase alla marinara ‘sailor-style’.