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Basic Tomato & Basil Marinara Sauce Recipe

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Laura in the Kitchen
Simple easy to make basil marinara sauce is the staple in Southern Italian cooking. With only 5 simple ingredients make your own homemade marinara sauce.

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Serves/Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ready In: 30 minutes

1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
Olive oil
1 can of crushed tomatoes
Fresh basil leaves
1 lb of Penne pasta or any other kind of pasta you like

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent.

3. Add the tomatoes and half of the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes. 10 minutes with the lid on, and 10 minutes with the lid off.

4. When the sauce is 10 minutes away from completion, cook the pasta according to the packaging instructions.

5. Once the pasta is done, drain it and place it backinto the same pot. Toss it with half of the sauce and the remaining fresh basil. Plate the pasta and serve it with more sauce, fresh basil and shavings of parmiggiano reggiano. (If you have grated parmiggiano reggiano use that instead of the fresh shaved.)


Basic Tomato & Basil Marinara Sauce Recipe
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