Simple Skillet Pasta


  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar, add more to taste
  • 3 1/2 c. water
  • 16 oz. penne
  • 1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
  • Burrata
  • Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese


  1. Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until fragrant but not brown, about 2 minutes; then add the crushed red pepper and oregano or Italian seasoning. Stir in tomatoes, salt, and sugar. Bring to gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in water and penne, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to vigorous simmer. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring often, until pasta is nearly al dente, about 8 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, tossing gently, until pasta is al dente and sauce is thickened, 4 to 7 minutes; if sauce becomes too thick, add extra water as needed. Off heat, stir in basil and season with salt and pepper to taste and top with burrata.
  3. Top individual portions with Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese.

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