Meaning of marinara in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmarɪˈnɑːrə/


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

    ‘cannelloni in marinara sauce’
    • ‘the penne marinara was outstanding’
    • ‘She set out pasta and marinara sauce, along with table settings, and urged everyone to eat as much as they wanted.’
    • ‘A holdover from Italian occupation in the south is a love for pasta and marinara sauce.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Italian marinara sauce is rich in antioxidants (thanks to the lycopene in tomatoes), but did you know it's also brimming with oil?’
    • ‘Spaghetti with a lowfat marinara sauce is a better option than lasagna or ziti stuffed with meat and cheese.’
    • ‘Serve the steak with hot, buttered noodles sprinkled with chopped parsley or penne pasta topped with your favorite marinara sauce.’
    • ‘‘I'll have the five-cheese ravioli with marinara sauce, please,’ I said.’
    • ‘Dip it in mustard or marinara sauce for flavor with few added calories.’
    • ‘To be on the safe side, she'd prepared a large but light pasta marinara, with salad on the side.’
    • ‘Keep the basics on hand: frozen marinara and pesto for quick pasta meals, and a simple vegetable or chicken stock for fast soups.’
    • ‘A plate of pasta and marinara may contain 1,300 or more calories and 81 grams of fat (24 grams saturated).’
    • ‘And if people are going to come in and expect lasagna, ravioli, marinara, and the like, it means one less space for another dish.’
    • ‘We serve our mussels with marinara, which is very Italian, but they also have chili and sake, from our mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Calamari is perfectly crisp, but the rudimentary basil marinara could have come off a supermarket shelf.’
    • ‘To put it bluntly, the marinara tastes as if it comes from a jar, or as a dining partner said ‘Chef Boy-r-dee’.’
    • ‘Skip the pasta Alfredo, she suggested; go for the marinara.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Top with marinara and provolone, grated parmesan.’


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

    ‘my favourites were the spicy meatballs with marinara and the spicy chicken strips’
    • ‘he wished that it had something to dip in, like a marinara’


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