Updated: Nov 10, 2020
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion chopped
1 red pepper chopped
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 cup of water
1 cup tomato puré
1 x 14.5 oz can (400 g) diced tomatoes
2 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
cracked black pepper
fresh basil to serve, optional
Parmesan cheese to serve, optional
A box or bag of Penne spaghetti
Cook the penne according to the packet instructions until al dente. Drain, toss with some olive oil if desired, and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick pot over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic, onion and red pepper and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes until fragrant. Don’t let it burn.
Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato puré, water and tomato paste and let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and cracked black pepper.
Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss for one minute allowing the penne to soak up the sauce, let it simmer for 5 min.
Serve with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.
Optional: you can also add ground beef with the cooked onions if desired, allow it to cook for 3 to 5 min and continue with other steps.