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Classic Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce

Delight in the timeless comfort of Classic Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce. This beloved Italian dish is a celebration of simple, wholesome ingredients that come together to create a flavorful and satisfying meal. Whether you're cooking for a family dinner or craving a quick and delicious pasta fix, this recipe is a go-to classic.
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Classic Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce is a staple in Italian cuisine. It embodies the essence of Italian cooking, where the focus is on fresh and high-quality ingredients. The al dente spaghetti pairs perfectly with a rich, tomato-based marinara sauce, resulting in a dish that's both hearty and comforting. Serve it with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for the perfect finishing touch.


8 ounces (about 225 grams) spaghetti
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)
Salt and black pepper to taste
Fresh basil leaves or parsley for garnish (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese for serving
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 25 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and cook for about 3-4 minutes until it becomes translucent.


Add the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant, being careful not to let it brown.


Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add the dried oregano, dried basil, and red pepper flakes (if using). Season with salt and black pepper to taste.


Reduce the heat to low, and let the sauce simmer for 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.


Once the marinara sauce has reached your desired consistency, taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.


To serve, divide the cooked spaghetti among four plates. Ladle the marinara sauce over the spaghetti.


If desired, garnish with fresh basil leaves or parsley for a burst of freshness.


Offer grated Parmesan cheese at the table so each person can sprinkle it over their serving to taste.


Enjoy your Classic Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce!

Tips for this recipe

For an extra depth of flavor, you can sauté some ground beef or Italian sausage along with the onions and garlic in step 2. This will transform your marinara sauce into a hearty meat sauce.

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