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Penne Pasta with Tomato and Red Sauce

Penne pasta with tomato and red sauce is a timeless Italian classic that's both delicious and satisfying. In this recipe, we'll guide you through creating a flavorful and comforting dish that's perfect for any occasion.
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This dish has its roots in Italy and is loved around the world for its simplicity and bold flavors. It's a go-to option for busy weeknights or when you want to enjoy a hearty, homemade meal without spending hours in the kitchen. This recipe serves four and can be prepared in under 30 minutes.


12 ounces (340g) penne pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 10 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 20 Mins

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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.


In a large skillet or saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 2-3 minutes until it becomes translucent. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.


Pour in the crushed tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. Season the sauce with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Allow the sauce to simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to let the flavors meld and the sauce thicken.


Add the cooked and drained penne pasta to the tomato sauce. Toss everything together, ensuring the pasta is evenly coated with the sauce. Let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to heat the pasta through.


Plate the penne pasta with tomato and red sauce on individual plates. If desired, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese and garnish with fresh basil leaves for a burst of freshness and color.

Tips for this recipe

To enhance the flavor of your penne pasta with tomato and red sauce, consider adding a drizzle of high-quality extra-virgin olive oil just before serving. This simple addition not only adds a delightful richness but also brings out the vibrant flavors of the sauce and pasta.

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