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Simple Spaghetti Sauce


This is one of those easy go-to recipes to whip up quickly when you're hungry. . . just remember to keep the staples on hand in the pantry. Of course, if you've got just a bit more time, it's easy to add extras like mushrooms, zucchini, green pepper, or meat. Source: the Food Network

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  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • One 28-ounce can San Marzano plum tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan, optional


Servings 4
Adapted from


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Cook the oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring, until the oil heats up and the garlic just starts to turn golden, 4 to 6 minutes.

Add the tomatoes; rinse the can with about 1 cup of water, and add the water to the skillet. Add the basil, raise the heat to medium-high and simmer until the sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the spaghetti to the boiling water, and cook according to package directions; strain well.

Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce, and stir to coat. Serve with Parmesan if desired.


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