Pasta with Marinara

A friend of mine at work is originally from Rome, so she knows her pasta. A couple of years ago, we got to talking about homemade tomato sauce and I mentioned that I wasn’t happy with my recipe. Her face lit up, and she immediately gave me her recipe, which I’ve been making ever since. It is easy, quick and so delicious.

¼ cup olive oil
4 garlic cloves, crushed or sliced
1 large basil sprig
1 pinch of hot red pepper flakes
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (or whole, but crush them with your hands before using)
salt and pepper, to taste

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. When it is hot, add the garlic, basil and red pepper flakes. Saute for 1-2 minutes, until the garlic starts to sizzle, but don’t let it brown. Add the tomatoes and stir. Simmer until the sauce thickens a bit, about 15 minutes. Discard garlic, if you desire, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Pasta

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