As I was flipping through an Allrecipes magazine (which is amazing by the way), I encountered a meal that had been saved 13, 812 times on the website. Well, for good reason! This dish is so versatile, you can substitute different types of diced tomatoes, herbs, greens, and meats. The original recipe can be found here. I made this dish twice: first without meat and using the original recipe calling for 2 cans of diced tomatoes, and the second time with shredded chicken (leftovers from last night’s tacos) and one can of diced tomatoes. I didn’t have fresh basil the second time around, so I just used dried oregano and basil flakes. The second time I also used thin spaghetti instead of angel hair, and I liked it better. I also added fresh spinach to the sauce while simmering. This is a dish I will continue to make for an easy weeknight meal!
- 8 ounces angel hair pasta (or thin spaghetti)–about half a box
- 4 T olive oil (I used about 2)
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed–I used about 2
- 1 T tomato paste
- 2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes–I used Del Monte, plain; you can also use one can only for less sauce
- 2 tsp sugar (optional ingredient, but I added it!)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil–If you don’t have fresh basil, sprinkle in some dried basil and dried oregano flakes)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring a pot of salted water to boil over high heat and add the pasta, cooking until al dente. For angel hair pasta, cook about 4 minutes and drain. For thin spaghetti, cook about 8-9 minutes.
- While your pasta is cooking, heat the olive oil (2 T) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and saute about 30 minutes, until garlic is fragrant.
- Stir in the diced tomatoes with their juices, tomato paste, sugar, salt, and pepper. This is also a good time to add in the dried basil and oregano if you are using. Reduce heat to medium and cook about 2 minutes. Add fresh basil if you are using. You can also add fresh spinach here.
- Add the cooked pasta to the tomato sauce in the pan and stir. Top with grated Parmesan.
A reader from Allrecipes suggested you add mushrooms or zucchinis too.
Here it is without the chicken using angel hair pasta and two cans of diced tomatoes:
This is the dish with chicken and spinach using thin spaghetti and one can of diced tomatoes: