Weeknight Dinner Workhorse: Giada's Easy Marinara Sauce — Meatless Monday

Simple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there's perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Simple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there's perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce. From baked eggs and eggplant Parmesan to pizza and pasta, there's no shortage of ways to put this quick-fix sauce to work.

Giada De Laurentiis' fuss-free Marinara Sauce, a top-rated fan favorite, comes together with just a handful of ingredients, which you likely have on hand already. She starts by sauteing a mixture of veggies for a bold flavor base, then adds a can of crushed tomatoes to create the craveable chunky-silky texture you know and love. Bonus: Giada notes that you can prep this marinara one day before using, so it's a go-to pick for when you know your schedule will be tight.

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Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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