Does it get any better than a pasta with tomato sauce full of garlic and basil? Probably not. And in this version, you don’t even need to pluck or chop the basil to infuse the sauce with all that flavor. You can increase or decrease the garlic or crushed red pepper flakes to your taste, but try it this way first — you might surprise yourself. After all, what on this earth goes together better than tomatoes, garlic, basil and crushed red peppers?
If you can, use fresh pasta for this and also those fancy imported canned tomatoes from Italy. It might not seem like the biggest difference, but it really and truly is. The better the ingredients in a recipe as simple as this, the better the outcome — and we’re going for full authenticity here. It might be a little more expensive than the store brand, but hey, it’s cheaper than a ticket to Italy!