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The Best Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe for Dinner

Everyone loves a good pasta dish, and there’s nothing more classic than a delicious and quick pasta recipe with tomato sauce. Perfect for weeknight dinners or last-minute gatherings, this tried-and-true favorite is sure to leave everyone asking for seconds. And let’s face it, we all need a go-to dish that’s easy to make, packed with flavor, and loved by all. So, what’s the secret to this winning combination? It’s all about using quality ingredients and a few expert tips to elevate your pasta game to the next level. So if you are looking for a quick dinner tonight, I’ve got you covered with this super easy pasta recipe.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Hey there, pasta lovers! If you’re looking for a quick, delicious, and easy dinner that will satisfy your cravings, you’re in the right place. In this section, we’ll go over the ingredients you’ll need to make the most delicious and quick pasta recipe with tomato sauce.

Pasta

First things first, you’ll need your favorite type of pasta. Whether you prefer spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, angel hair pasta, or any other type, make sure you have enough for the number of servings you want to make. I love using bowtie pasta for this recipe because it tastes really good and I just love how it looks.

Fresh Tomatoes

Next up, you’ll need fresh tomatoes. You would want to use store-bought sauce or canned tomatoes, but you shouldn’t because your pasta won’t taste as good as my version.

Vegetable Oil

To sauté your garlic and add some extra flavor to your pasta, you’ll need some olive oil. Use a good quality extra-virgin olive oil for the best taste.

Tomato Paste

Tomato paste is very important in this recipe because it will thicken the sauce, and give it more flavor.

Red Onion

I love using red onion in my pasta sauces because it gives them a unique taste with a hint of delicious sweetness.

Turmeric

Don’t ask me how, but for some reason, a pasta sauce made with turmeric tastes completely different and much better than regular sauce.

Red Pepper Flakes

​I don’t like to add red pepper flakes because some family members don’t like spicy food so the whole family can enjoy it, but you can feel free to add it for a nice kick.

Salt and Pepper

Lastly, you’ll need some salt and pepper to season your pasta to perfection. Use them to taste and adjust as necessary.

And that’s it! With these simple ingredients, you’ll be able to make a delicious and quick pasta recipe that will satisfy your cravings.

Some Tips and Tricks

Use Fresh Ingredients

When making a delicious and quick pasta recipe with tomato sauce, it is important to use fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, garlic, and basil will enhance the flavor of the dish and make it taste like it was made from scratch. Avoid using canned tomatoes or pre-made tomato sauce as they can contain added sugars and preservatives that can affect the overall taste and quality of the dish. 

For more information on the benefits of using fresh ingredients, check out this article.

Cook Your Pasta Al Dente

When cooking pasta for your tomato sauce, make sure to cook it al dente, which means “to the tooth” in Italian. This means that the pasta should be cooked until it is still firm and has a slight bite to it. Overcooked pasta can become mushy and ruin the texture of the dish. To cook your pasta al dente, follow the cooking instructions on the package and taste the pasta a few minutes before the recommended cooking time.

How to make this pasta Vegetarian or Vegan?

This bow-tie pasta recipe doesn’t have any meat so it’s already vegetarian, so you don’t have to make any changes to it. I can assure you that it is one of the best vegetarian pastas you’ll have the pleasure of preparing.  This recipe doesn’t include cheese, but you will have to use vegan pasta in order to make this recipe vegan. I haven’t tried vegan pasta before, but I’m sure it will taste just as good because the secret is in the simple sauce. 

What to serve with this pasta?

You can feel free to serve this pasta on its own. I love serving with it some baked chicken breasts because they make for a great combination. You can also feel free to serve them with a side of roasted or steamed vegetables.

Conclusion

And that’s it! Now you know how to make one of the best and easy pasta recipes. It’s easy, it’s tasty, and it’s perfect for those busy weeknights when you just don’t have the time or energy to make something complicated.

One of the great things about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can add in other ingredients like mushrooms, olives, or even some spicy sausage to mix things up and create your own unique pasta dish while still being one of the most quick pasta recipes out there.

Just remember to use high-quality ingredients and cook your pasta al dente for the best results. 

So next time you’re in a rush but still craving something delicious, whip up this quick and easy pasta with tomato sauce recipe for it makes a great and quick weeknight dinner or lunch. Your taste buds (and your stomach) will thank you!

The Best Quick and Easy Pasta Recipe with Tomato Sauce

This simple pasta makes for a great dish to serve at any time of the day. I'm on a diet, so I like to serve it for lunch on my cheat days, but it also makes for the perfect weeknight dinner. It's an easy recipe, so I love preparing it during my busiest days as well and surprise there are a lot of them!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Morocco
Servings: 2
Author: Mouna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bow tie pasta
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 red onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes peeled, and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup pasta cooking water
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • Red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Bring a salted pot of water to a boil, then cook in it the pasta for 8 to 10 minutes until it becomes dente.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then cook it in the onion for 2 minutes until it softens.
  • To prepare the tomato sauce, add to it the chopped tomato with coriander, turmeric, a pinch of salt and pepper, then cooko them over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes until tomato is cooked and the sauce thickens.
  • Once the pasta is done, drain it and place it aside.
  • Add 1 cup of hot starchy pasta water to the tomato sauce followed by the tomato paste, then stir until the paste dissolves.
  • Cook the sauce for few more minutes until it thickens, then add to it the pasta.
  • Stir the pasta until it's completely coated with the sauce, then keep cooking it for 2 to 3 minutes until it absorbs the sauce.
  • Garnish your pasta with some fresh basil then serv it hot and enjoy!

Notes

If you wish, you can feel free to add some cheese to this delicious pasta recipe. Personally, I don’t like to add cheese to this recipe because it tastes amazing on its own.
If you don’t have large tomatoes, you can substitute them with cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes.
If you love creamy pastas, you can also add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of heavy cream or cream cheese to make a creamy sauce. I use it often, but my favorite version is this simple sauce.
If you love baked pasta, after you finish preparing this recipe, you just have to pour it into a greased baking dish, sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese or any other cheese of your choice on top, then broil it for 4 to 6 minutes until the cheese melts. It will make for one of the most simple and quickest weeknight meals.
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