Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen

Full Recipe Name: Simple Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

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Simple Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 cups sauce
This basic pasta dish can be transformed by adding extras like cooked bacon, shrimp or even a few handfuls of baby spinach to the sauce. We like canned San Marzano plum tomatoes because they are slightly sweeter and less acidic than other varieties.



  1. Cook the oil, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper flakes in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring, until the oil heats up and the garlic just starts to turn golden, 4 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes; rinse the can with about 1 cup of water, and add the water to the skillet. Add the basil, raise the heat to medium-high and simmer until the sauce thickens, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the spaghetti to the boiling water, and cook according to package directions; strain well.
  4. Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce, and stir to coat. Serve with Parmesan if desired.