Lobster ravioli with marinara sauce, the Italian way marinara sauce.
A very versatile sauce that takes about 15 minutes to prepare.
It is a tasty sauce that goes well with fried fish like calamari or pasta. It adds flavor and enhances any dish.
This Italian marinara sauce is a bit different, well, okay!!! This differs significantly from what we are accustomed to here in the States.
I have had this recipe that I have been making since my early teenage years from an Italian-written cookbook.
I loved this book because the recipes were easy to follow, and it was where all my baking ideas came from.
As a teenager, I mostly baked desserts and rarely cooked, only when I had to out of dire necessity.
Over time, I have made minor changes to this marinara sauce, but the main ingredients remain tomatoes and white wine. Light, delicious, and super simple.
If you ever had them, Lobster ravioli are just amazingly delicious, and this is the perfect sauce to prepare for them.
In this Article
- Italian Marinara Sauce
- What are San Marzano tomatoes?
- Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed
- Equipment Needed
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- Cooking tips and step-by-step instructions to make this fantastic Lobster Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
- Other uses for your marinara sauce
- Substitutions and suggestions
- Storage and reheating instructions
- Frequently Asked Questions
- If you enjoy this delicious lobster ravioli with marinara sauce
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- Lobster Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
Italian Marinara Sauce
The Italian homemade marinara sauce is lighter than its American counterpart, and people prepare it slightly differently.
In Italy, people use whole garlic to flavor olive oil at the start of cooking. Remove the golden garlic from the pan and throw it away, never using it again.
The tomatoes used are fresh or canned San Marzano and are free of added garlic, onion, or herbs. As I like to call it, it is at its purest state.
This light tomato sauce gets its name from the added white wine, which gives it a delicious taste. It would be best if you didn’t skip this crucial ingredient.
Lastly, cook it for about 15 minutes only. That is one of the best parts of Italian recipes; they are the best for a quick weeknight dinner.
What are San Marzano tomatoes?
San Marzano is a type of plum tomato. Longer and thinner than your typical plum tomato. Vibrant red in color and rich in flavor.
They also have fewer seeds than your regular plum tomatoes.
One thing that makes the San Marzano tomatoes the most sought after by chefs worldwide. Besides having fewer seeds, they have less acidity than other tomatoes. Idyllic for Italian cuisine.
I love San Marzano tomatoes; they have less acidity than other tomatoes.
My all-time favorite, and if you are so inclined and have time, I have an excellent recipe for Homemade Ravioli that you will love to make.
Once you have the homemade dough, you can create any ravioli filling you wish.
Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed
San Marzano tomatoes – peeled and left whole or chopped are fine. Don’t add garlic, onion, or spices to it. They will change the taste of the dish.
Olive oil or Extra virgin olive oil– an ever-present ingredient in Italian cooking.
Garlic cloves – peeled, end hard core removed and left intact. They give out their wonderful aroma to the olive oil.
White wine – Dry white wine gives a great flavor to this dish. The alcohol will evaporate, making it safe to give to young children.
Flat leaf parsley – Gives it that beautiful flavor. Do also chop the stems as they contain the essential oils of the parsley, thus giving your sauce a wonderful taste.
Lobster ravioli – A pure delight to enjoy with this marinara sauce. However, any ravioli will work if you cnnot find them at your local grocery store.
Salt and pepper – Add a little seasoning at the start and again just before finishing cooking. The sauce gets stronger as it cooks, so be careful not to add too much seasoning.
Large pot – To cook the ravioli. Ensure that it is large enough to hold the pasta comfortably while cooking.
Large skillet or small pan – To prepare the tomato sauce. Any enamel cast iron or stainless steel. I do not recommend Lodge or any cast iron, as the acidity of the tomato will lift any skillet coating.
Colander – To drain the ravioli.
Chef’s knife – To chop finely the parsley
Cutting board – I prefer using wood to do any chopping.
Serving plates or large bowls– a beautiful serving plate is always welcome at any table.
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Cooking tips and step-by-step instructions to make this fantastic Lobster Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
This is a very straightforward, authentic Italian recipe.
I have prepared this marinara sauce recipe in two ways.
- First, I put the wine in the pan after taking out the garlic. I let it evaporate and then added the tomato sauce.
- In the second method, I added the wine at the same time of the tomato.
I like both methods but prefer the second one because the tomato has a more pungent taste. Try both ways and see which one will become your favorite.
Fresh pasta cooks faster, so remember to time it. Begin making the tomato sauce before boiling the pasta water.
Start with the pasta sauce:
- Place a large enough pan to hold the tomato sauce over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and the garlic.
- Golden the garlic and toss.
- Add the tomato with all the juices, wine, and half of the parsley. Stir and cook over medium-low, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Taste and season as needed.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
- Add your fresh lobster meat ravioli and cook according to the packaging manufacturing.
Assemble your pasta dish
- Add tomato sauce on a plate, ravioli on top, and marinara sauce.
- Sprinkle the remaining chopped fresh parsley over and serve hot.
Other uses for your marinara sauce
You can use this wonderful marinara sauce recipe in your homemade pizza alongside any fried calamari or crunchy fried shrimp.
Spread over some roasted Italian bread to make bruschetta.
Substitutions and suggestions
Peeled, chopped, or grated beautiful fresh tomatoes will make an excellent substitution for the canned ones.
You can substitute lobster-filled ravioli with any ravioli of your choice. Mozzarella and spinach work well with this sauce.
Spaghetti, fettuccine, or pappardelle pasta will work well too.
Fresh pasta cooks faster than dry store-bought pasta. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to the cooking time. Additionally, we recommend starting boiling the water for the pasta first. Cook the pasta al dente.
You can add a few fresh basil leaves instead of the freshly chopped parsley at the end of cooking.
Add a small piece of Italian red peperoncino or red pepper flakes to add some heat.
If you have half of an onion, chop it finely and add it to the early cooking process.
Storage and reheating instructions
This simple ingredients marinara sauce recipe stores well for three to four days in an airtight container in the fridge. I like to use glass jars, but any container will work, too.
You can also freeze the marinara sauce for later. Place it the amount desired to freeze in freezer containers or bags and freeze for up to three months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Bring to room temperature and place in a skillet over medium heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of water and stir to reheat evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is marinara sauce authentic Italian?
Yes, although we do not know the exact location of the Marinara sauce creation, it was most likely first created in the southern part of Italy, either Napoli or Sicily region, after the tomatoes were introduced to the New World in the 16th century.
What is the difference between marinara and traditional tomato sauce?
Although the two sauces share many ingredients, the consistency and depth of color is the main difference. Marinara is brighter, thinner, and more sauce-like. The tomato sauce is thicker and closer to a gravy.
What do Italians call sauce?
Italians say “Sauce” in two ways: Salsa and /or sugo.
Cheese or no cheese on pasta with seafood?
No, you do not put cheese over any seafood pasta dish. Seafood is not meant to be served with cheese, as the flavors do not work together. As Italians will say: “It muddles the flavor of seafood”.
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Lobster Ravioli with Marinara Sauce
- 12 ounces San Marzano tomatoes
- 2 garlic, peeled and end removed garlic
- ½ cup white wine
- 3 tablespoons Italian flat-leaf parsley
- 1 pound lobster ravioli
- salt and pepper, to taste
- In a medium size sauce pan add olive oil and garlic over medium heat. Once the garlic is golden, remove and discard.
- Add the tomatoes, white wine, salt and pepper, and half of the parsley. Cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the ravioli per package directions,
- On a warm plate, spread a ladle of tomato sauce, arrange the ravioli over it. Add a couple of spoonful of tomatoes sauce over the ravioli and add more parsley.
Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.
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Originally published on February 2, 2017. Updated on September 8, 2023.