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Easy Penne Pasta with Tomato Sauce


  • 2 cups penne pasta about 8 oz
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small chopped yellow onion about 1/2 cups
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes or to taste
  • salt to taste


  • Melt the butter with olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the chopped onion, cook over medium heat until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook stirring for 15 more seconds. Then pour in the crushed tomatoes and bring to a simmer - season to taste with chili flakes and salt. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a medium pan of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne until al dente about 10 to 11 minutes, or according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and save 1/4 cups of cooking liquid.
  • Add the pasta along with the cooking liquid to the tomato sauce stir well to coat and cook together for 1 more minute to merge the flavors.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve right away.