Pasta with Red Sauce recipe

Pasta with Red Sauce recipe

Pasta with Red Sauce recipe along with some tips

Here’s a classic recipe for Pasta with Red Sauce along with some tips:


  • 1 pound (450g) of your favorite pasta (spaghetti, penne, or any shape you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces/800g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons sugar (optional, to balance acidity)
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. Cook the Pasta:
    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
    • Cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente.
    • Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water before draining.
  2. Prepare the Red Sauce:
    • In a large skillet or saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
    • Add chopped onions and sauté until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
    • Add minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Simmer the Sauce:
    • Pour in the crushed tomatoes and stir.
    • Add dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
    • Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for at least 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
    • Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the sauce is too acidic, you can add a teaspoon or two of sugar to balance the flavors.Pasta with Red Sauce recipes
  1. Combine Pasta and Sauce:
    • Add the cooked pasta to the sauce. Toss to coat the pasta evenly with the sauce.
    • If the sauce seems too thick, add a little reserved pasta cooking water to achieve the desired consistency.
  2. Serve:
    • Plate the pasta and sauce, garnish with fresh basil or parsley, and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.


  • Fresh Herbs: If you have fresh basil or parsley, add them at the end for a burst of fresh flavor.
  • Extra Toppings: Consider adding cooked Italian sausage, sautéed mushrooms, or olives for additional flavor.
  • Cheese: Experiment with different cheeses like Pecorino Romano or Mozzarella for extra richness.
  • Make-Ahead: The sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated. Reheat it gently while the pasta cooks.

Enjoy your delicious Pasta with Red Sauce!

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