Calamari Marinara is a pasta dish made out of squid cooked in rich sauce of tomato, garlic, onions and herbs.
Marinara is one versatile sauce and a popular base to a lot of Italian dishes. Made from tomato, garlic, onions and herbs it can be used with any meats or vegetables you want to toss on it. Though you see the name mostly on Pasta it is not exclusive for it as it can also be used in stews, pizza and dips.
Marinara may sound like something associated with seafood because it sounds like “marine”, well that’s quite true but not in a seafood way rather it is more related to seafarers where this sauce originated. Derived from the word “Marinaro”, it was created by sailors in Naples during the 16th century right after the Spaniards introduced tomatoes to the Italians. It was said that this was widely used during that time because it can be stored for longer periods without refrigeration, thanks to the high acid content of tomatoes spoilage was never and issue. Also during those days the sauce does not contain any protein like meats and seafood otherwise it would easily become rotten.
Like I said earlier you can use this sauce with any meats and today we will be using it with pasta in combination with squid. A very easy recipe that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes.