Who doesn't love pasta? No one I know. I consider this classic dish to be the quintessential comfort food of any Italian, or in my case, Italian-American. The sauce is wonderfully simple both in ingredients and preparation. Fresh basil and high quality pasta are the secrets to obtaining the most satisfying and flavorful pasta dish. It speaks to the simplicity of delicious Italian cuisine. —an everyday cook
4 generous prima piatti servings
cloves minced garlic
chopped onion, 1/2 " dice
chopped sweet red pepper, 1/2" dice
chopped carrot, 1/2" dice
can crushed tomatoes
chopped fresh basil (chiffonade)
high quality penne pasta (or any shape will do)
In This Recipe
Add oil to a hot 5 qt. pot. Saute the onion, red pepper, and carrot about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute another minute or two making sure not to burn the garlic as this makes the sauce bitter.
Once veggies are soft, add the crushed tomatoes and water. Add additional water if mixture is to thick (the quality of the canned tomatoes will dictate how much water needs to be added).
Season with salt and pepper. Cook sauce for a good 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend and the sauce to achieve the right consistency (sauce needs to be thick enough to coat pasta).
Add the fresh basil and let cook another minute or two.
While sauce is cooking prepare pasta according to package instructions. Always add salt after water comes to a boil, don't overcook and do not wash pasta after draining.