Simple Spaghetti

My brother-in-law lived in Italy for some time. He learned how to make exceptionally delicious Italian meals. He taught my husband how to make this cheap and simple meal when we were newly weds. The ingredients are always around our house, so it’s perfect when you’re not sure what to cook and don’t feel like going to the grocery store to get a bunch of ingredients. 




olive oil

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can tomato sauce

1 large onion, finely chopped

3-4 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons dried basil (varies depending on your taste)

scant 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

1 box whole wheat spaghetti noodles

freshly grated parmesan cheese



1. Heat olive oil in large skillet on med heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute. Add onion, cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, basil, and cook until onions are translucent (about 4-5 minutes). The cayenne pepper and crushed red pepper we usually add a couple pinches of each because we don’t like it very hot, but you can add more to your liking.

2. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to boil, cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes.

3. While sauce is simmering, cook noodles according to package.

4. Serve sauce with cooked noodles and freshly grated parmesan cheese on top.


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