Easy spaghetti marinara

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  1. platinum

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    One of my favourite meals - and it's actually pretty easy.

    Few ingredients, 2 big cloves or garlic, half (or more) of a chilli including seeds, good handful of basil, half a red onion diced up.

    2 cans of crushed tomatoes and about 400-500grams of marinara mix.

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    Fry up the garlic and onions, then add in the marinara mix and the chilli.

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    Once the seafood is pretty much cooked, add in the tomatoes and a good bit of salt and pepper. At the last minute add the basil and give it a stir.

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    Add the pasta and it should end up like this!

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  2. Amfibius

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    Looks like a winner, platinum! I make my marinara the same way, except that I normally use fresh tomatoes for my tomato sauce. I skin them, then cut them in half. Put them in a roasting tray and roast for an hour at 100C to dry them out and intensify the flavour. Then I blitz them, and proceed from there. My recipe is almost the same as yours, except that I usually make up my own marinara mix.

    Try adding chorizo and paprika, it will add more depth to the flavour.

    Great photography as well ... what do you shoot with?
     
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    I actually thought about paprika, got some of the legit Hungarian stuff waiting to be used - shall try that next time - thanks!

    Camera is just a 400D + 50mm prime lens, not exactly exciting but gets the job done. :p
     
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    Nice recipe! How many people do you think that'd serve?
     
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    Should feed 4 people pretty easy I reckon! It's quite a cheap meal too, all of that was maybe $15
     
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    Great dish! I'm going to try and cook this as you posted it. It looks absolutely delicious :)
     
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    What seafood is best to use?
     
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    ive always liked prawns in pasta, the marinara mixes dont really do it for me

    oh and fresh crab is the best ive had but i guess not your average dish, chilli crabs by the way
     
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    book marked for later. that recipe looks om nom nom nom!!!!
     
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    Made this for dinner tonight, turned out really well. Unfortunately for me though, the marinana mix I bought contained seafood extender. :thumbdn:
     
  11. MR CHILLED

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    That looks excellent and so darn easy.....how much for the marinara mix? You get this at the supermarket delicatessen?
     
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    It was $19.99/kg at my local fish shop (Surry Hills, NSW).
     
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    Woolies had it on special for $9.98/kg the other week, should have stocked up then!!

    Usually yeah roughly $25, most woolies, coles have it (or a proper fish place if you have one nearby), or make your own with a bit of fresh seafood - great thing about marinara is you can use whatever you like, but mussels, prawns, fish, squid are all popular items.
     
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    I got a prepackaged frozen bag of it from coles for 12.99, Will use it to attempt this tonight.
    Nice and cheap and easy, I like a tomatoe base much more than a cream base,

    Id fork out for a decent marinara mix however.
     
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    That's a fantastic discount.....at $25 I'm inclined not to buy it as it makes for an expensive meal unless I had a dinner party or such like.
     
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    Would work out heaps cheaper and better using fresh seafood like others have said. A snap frozen squid tube is like $2, piece of salmon etc...The Angelakis store in the markets here sell a damn nice looking fresh mix. It would be the only pre made marinara mix i would trust...that dodgy woolies one thats frozen and thawed daily looks like shit every time ive seen it.
     
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    Yeah, I think I'll just buy my own fresh seafood; they can look quite bad.
     
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    Well yeah but would it taste the same though?
     
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    You don't need all that much, 350 grams would -easily- make enough for 2 - only about $8, and the rest of the ingredients are cheap! You'd be able to make it for $5/person.
     
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    Yes good point, that is by the kilo....for one person I'm thinking for two meals a third of a kilo would be ok? Which would be about $8 as you say....
     

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