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Marinara sauce is a classic Italian sauce that is made with tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, and olive oil. It's typically used as a dipping sauce for breadsticks or to top pasta.

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How to make marinara dipping sauce

This Marinara Dipping sauce is so incredibly simple to make. Use it for dipping breadsticks, calamari, fried cheese or even just plonk it on top of some garlic bread!

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Homemade Marinara Dipping Sauce

Everybody needs one of these up their sleeves, in the most non-literal way. My love for breadsticks and marinara is how this recipe came about and since then the low has only grown. Side note – if you’re not dunking breadsticks into a marinara dip are you truly living your best life?

Here’s a quick look at what you’ll need:

  • Tomatoes – A can of chopped or skinned plum tomatoes (chopped in the can) will do the trick!
  • Onion & Garlic – Finely diced and lightly fried in oil.
  • Oregano & Basil – Both dried as you won’t need much.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – Balsamic vinegar and tomato is a match made in heaven! Adds a gorgeous punch of flavour.
  • Sugar – To balance out the tomatoes and vinegar.

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Tips for making Marinara Dip

1. Thickening

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It’s important to simmer the sauce until it’s nice and thick, or at least until the tomatoes aren’t watery. This will ensure the flavours fully marry together and offer a better texture when serving. Because nobody likes watery dips 😳

2. Sugar

This is important to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and vinegar, so don’t be scared to add a good few pinches. It’s what really makes the difference between marinara sauce and marinara dip. Dips tend to be slightly sweeter.

3. Quality Tomatoes

These are the star of the show so I recommend investing in a good quality can of tomatoes to allow them to shine!

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Marinara Dipping Sauce FAQ

Chunky versus smooth?

I tend to keep it chunky, just for a more rustic feel. However, you can blitz it until smooth if you wish!

Do I serve this hot or cold?

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Either! I tend to serve it soon after it’s cooked, so room temp. But feel free to make in advance, cool, cover and store in the fridge until needed.

What can I do with leftovers?

Stirred through some pasta with copious amounts of parmesan of course!

What can I serve with this?

  • Halloumi Fries
  • Fried Cheese Balls
  • Garlic Bread (or Cheesy Garlic Bread)
  • Crispy Chicken Tenders
  • Calamari
  • Breadsticks

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If you like the sound of this dip then be sure to check out my Baked Feta (in marinara dip)!

For more easy and delicious dips check out these beauties too:

  • Homemade Fresh Salsa
  • Easy Hummus
  • Chunky Guac
  • Blue Cheese Dip

How to make Marinara Dipping Sauce (Full Recipe & Video)

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