Marinara sauce is an Italian tomato sauce that originated in Naples, usually made with tomatoes
, herbs, and onions
. Its many variations can include the addition of capers
and spices. It is occasionally sweetened with a dash of red wine.
This sauce is also widely used in Italian-American cuisine, which has diverged from its Old World origins.
Italians refer to marinara sauce only in association with other recipes. For instance, spaghetti alla marinara literally translates to "spaghetti mariner's style" (from the adjective marinara with the feminine suffix -a pertaining to salsa, Italian for sauce), but tomato sauce alone in Italy is called sugo/salsa al/di pomodoro or pummarola (the latter being Neapolitan language).
In Australia, marinara sauce always includes seafood ('marine').