Lush Marinara Pasta
Serves: 3-4
  • olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion - diced
  • sea salt
  • 5 cloves of garlic - thinly sliced
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes - crushed up with your hands
  • pinch of red pepper flakes - to taste
  • a few sprigs of fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar (only if needed)
  • about 10 oz pasta of choice
  1. Heat a medium pot over medium heat. Add a generous pour of olive oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and saute for about 7 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, basil sprigs, and more salt if your tomatoes are unsalted. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and simmer, stirring frequently, for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the sauce is thickened and glossy. Taste for salt and adjust if needed. If your sauce tastes too acidic, add the sugar. Transfer about half or more of the sauce to a separate container to use later, leaving the rest in the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to the instructions on the package. Save about 1 cup of the starchy pasta water. Drain your pasta and add it to the pot with the reserved sauce. Start mixing, adding small splashes of the starchy pasta water, until the sauce is well-incorporated and sticking to the pasta. Garnish with more basil and enjoy.
You can use leftover pasta sauce in any of the dishes in this post that call for tomatoes.
Recipe by Golubka Kitchen at