- Serves: 4 to 6
- Active Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 45 mins
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Step 1: Making the Sauce• 1 medium-sized yellow onion
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 - 28 oz cans whole tomatoes*
• 1 tbsp crushed chili flakes (or to taste)
• sea salt, to taste
*Note: Quality, canned tomatoes are perfect for this recipe; however, if you have fresh, ultra-ripe tomatoes, use 2 lbs.
To start, drain the tomatoes and pass them through a passatutto or a food mill (use the smallest disc). Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic.
To make the sauce, heat a large sauce pan or pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, followed by the onions. Sauté the onions for about 10 minutes or until they begin to caramelize a bit. Then turn the heat down slightly and add the garlic and chili flakes. Cook for a minute or so, just until the garlic becomes fragrant. Next, deglaze with the white wine and let it reduce until it is almost dry. Next, add the tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Let the sauce simmer for about 30 minutes or so. Stir occasionally to prevent it from scorching.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Cooking the Pasta• 1 lb dried penne pasta (or other pasta)
• salt (to cook the pasta)
When ready to cook the pasta, add 1 tsp of salt per litre/quart of water and then add the pasta. Cook the pasta according to the package. Once done, reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid and then drain the pasta.
Step 3: Finishing the Dish• flat-leaf parsley or basil (optional, to taste)
• Plant-Based Parmesan (optional)
To finish the dish, taste the sauce for seasoning. Combine the pasta with just enough sauce to liberally coat it. If the sauce seems too thick, add a bit of the reserved cooking water to thin it out.
Serve the pasta in warmed bowls and top with freshly chopped parsley and/or basil and Plant-Based Parmesan, if desired.