Sunday, October 28, 2007

Easy and Quick Weeknight Pasta

Pasta: Elbows/Penne. I use the fiber enriched pasta
Olive oil
One large tomato, chopped
One large onion, chopped
Red pepper flakes 2 tsp (reduce or omit as preferred)
Black pepper
Garlic 3 pods chopped finely
Prego tomato onion basil sauce
Basil (fresh 5 to 6m leaves or dried ½ tsp)
Chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese

Boil water in a large pot with salt in it. Add pasta to boiling water. Always season water. That is the only time we can season the pasta. Drain and reserve pasta. Keep some pasta water about ½ cup.
Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic, stir only for a few seconds and add chopped onion. NEVER let the garlic brown. Add pepper, chilly flakes and tomoato. Add salt and pepper and stir for about 5 minutes. Stir in Prego sauce. Heat through. Add basil.

Lastly, stir in pasta till sauce coats pasta well. Serve hot garnished with chopped parsley and grated parmesan.

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