Pasta with Garlic Tomato Sauce is a must-have for a quick weeknight meal option! Perfectly al dente pasta is tossed in a rich and hearty tomato sauce that has been spiked with the essence of garlic and an herby freshness that can’t be matched! Sprinkle it with a dash of fresh parsley and freshly-grated parmesan cheese, and this pasta with garlic tomato sauce will disappear from the dinner table in just minutes!
Pasta with Garlic Tomato Sauce
Hey there Melrose Family readers! Justine from Cooking and Beer here to share one of my favorite go-to weeknight dinner recipes: this pasta with garlic tomato sauce! Oh sure, it sounds simple (and it is!), but it is so much more than that. This pasta recipe packs a punch of flavor that is difficult to match and is ready in just minutes! It’s one of those crave-worthy recipes that I need after a long day of work, and I hope all of you find some comfort in it as well!
So in order to give you guys some background on how a dish like this was born I’d have to backtrack a couple of months, and since I have the tendency to ramble on and on about basically nothing, I’ll keep this story short and sweet. No one has time for that. So anyway, my better half and I just sold our first home and moved north from Colorado to the great state of Wyoming. Easy dinners concocted from pantry staples were necessary. As I ATTEMPTED to clear out my pantry, many many many pasta dishes were born. This pasta with garlic tomato sauce is just one of those pasta dishes.
I had a lot of dry pasta. It was kind of scary actually.
It’s all very simple. You start with a head of garlic. YES, a head of garlic. This garlic is sauteed in olive oil along with 1/4 cup of yellow onion until fragrant. A scoop of tomato sauce, a hefty cup of vegetable stock, a mixture of oregano, basil, thyme, and marjoram, and a blend of necessary seasonings are thrown into the pan. Cooked until bubbly and thick, this sauce is then tossed with al dente pasta. Sprinkle with a teensy bit of parmesan cheese and a generous amount of chopped parsley and Ta-Da! So easy right? I know, it’s crazy how easy dinner can be. I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Find the recipe below!
Pasta with Garlic Tomato Sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 cup yellow onion, chopped
- 1 head of garlic, finely minced
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (this amount my vary)
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh marjoram, chopped
- salt and black pepper
- 1 pound dry pasta of choice
- 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- While the water is coming to a boil, prepare your garlic tomato sauce. In a large non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 more minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute or until the tomato paste takes on a deep maroon color. Whisk in the vegetable stock until fully combined. Add more stock if you find the sauce to be too thick for your liking. Stir in the red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, thyme and marjoram. Season with salt and black pepper and cook over low heat for about 8-10 minutes. Keep warm on the stove until you are ready to serve.
- Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 8-9 minutes. Drain and transfer to the pan with the tomato sauce. Toss carefully to coat. Portion the pasta out equally and sprinkle with freshly-grated parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.
- Enjoy immediately!
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