Classic Pasta al Pomodoro With Basil

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Serves 3

Ingredients

1 box of penne 

1 carrot

1 onion

1 can of tomato sauce. (Mutti is highly recommended, but a high-quality puree will work in a pinch.)

Olive oil

Fresh garlic (garlic powder works as well)

4-5 fresh basil leaves

Kosher salt

Optional: Fresh parmesan

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Serves 3

Ingredients

1 box of penne 

1 carrot

1 onion

1 can of tomato sauce. (Mutti is highly recommended, but a high-quality puree will work in a pinch.)

Olive oil

Fresh garlic (garlic powder works as well)

4-5 fresh basil leaves

Kosher salt

Optional: Fresh parmesan

Ingredients

1 box of penne 

1 carrot

1 onion

1 can of tomato sauce. (Mutti is highly recommended, but a high-quality puree will work in a pinch.)

Olive oil

Fresh garlic (garlic powder works as well)

4-5 fresh basil leaves

Kosher salt

Optional: Fresh parmesan

Directions

  1. Bring a big pot of salted water to boil. Remember: your water should be as salty as the sea!
  2. Dice up your onion and a garlic clove. In a smaller pot, heat up about a tablespoon of olive oil and add the onion and garlic to it (if using garlic powder, add about half a tablespoon but make sure to do so after the onion has browned). Cover the pot with the lid. Let cook on low fire until the onion is browned. 
  3. Once the onion is browned, pour the can of tomato sauce in the pot. Peel the carrot and add it to the sauce whole. Lower the heat to a simmer. The carrot stays with the sauce and is never discarded. Cook it until soft.
  4. Once your pot of water is boiling, throw in the penne. Follow directions on the box to properly cook. For al dente penne, cooking time usually ranges between 10 and 12 minutes.
  5. Once your pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander. 
  6. One the sauce is boiling, turn the heat off. 
  7. Throw the pasta back in the original pot and add the sauce to it. Turn the fire on very low and mix until evenly spread. Don’t worry about the carrot being whole—it’s all about the flavor it gives off within the pot.
  8. Serve yourself a bowl and add some fresh basil and, if desired, grate some fresh Parmesan on top. Enjoy!