A fresh, simple 20 minute Marinara Sauce requiring little more than ripe, high flavor tomatoes such as Roma, garlic, olive oil, sea salt, and a dab of butter adds a nice gloss.
Saute 3 cloves minced garlic in 2 Tablespoons olive oil until golden, add 4 chopped tomatoes and simmer 15-20 minutes, sea salt to taste, finish with 1 Tablespoon butter, remove from heat.
A few drops of mild honey or a pinch of sugar may be added if sauce is too acidic
Dress it up:
Crimini(baby bellas, brown button) mushrooms, onions, tomato paste, a splash of red wine if you have it, and fresh Oregano or Basil are a yummy addition,( but it's no longer a Marinara)...saute chopped onions and sliced mushrooms in olive oil over high heat in small batches, add mushrooms/onions and chopped Basil/Oregano to Marinara sauce during final 5 minutes of simmer.
Carnivores may add a one or two sweet and hot Italian Sausage, cooked and drained, added to Marinara during last 10 minutes of simmer