Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta
Cristina’s daughter Alex shares a simplified version of her mom’s tomato sauce recipe!


  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil (pantry staple)
  • 2 cloves garlic (pantry staple)
  • 4 scallions, bottoms removed, rough chopped, leaving about 3 inches of green part off. ($0.99)
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 2 1lb packages baby tomatoes ($2.99 x2 )
  • 1 lb gluten free penne (approx. 3.39)
  • ½ cup basil ($2.99)


  1. In a large sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium low heat. Add two cloves garlic smashed, 4 chopped scallions, red pepper flake and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft.
  1. Next add baby tomatoes and a good pinch of salt, cook on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  1. After 20 minutes, add ½ the basil into the tomatoes. stir and remove from heat.
  1. Pour everything into a blender and blend until smooth. Place back into the pot, taste for seasoning. Add more salt if needed.
  1. Cook for another 5 minutes, just until the sauce comes together.
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions.
  1. Combine pasta and sauce and sprinkle with parmesan, more chili flake and sliced basil.

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