*Along with the garlic, you can also add a finely chopped small onion. Saute until soft and then add the tomatoes.
*Adding a tablespoon or two of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar adds not only flavour but also increases the shelf life of this marinara sauce by a a couple of days.
*If you like a spicy sauce, then add a big pinch of chili flakes to the sauce while it is simmering.
*You can prepare this sauce a day or two in advance for your dinner party and a simple penne pasta rolled in pre-prepared marinara sauce with a few shavings of a good Parmesan cheese will make an easy yet wonderful main course.