Mostaccioli Marinara With Basil

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a perfect, light pasta dish for 2 people. Serve with a side salad and french bread.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.
  2. Position knife blade in food processor, add tomatoes.
  3. Pulse 3 to 4 times or until amost smooth, set aside.
  4. Coat a medium skillet with non-stick cooking spray, add oil, and place over medium-high heat until hot.
  5. Add the onion and garlic; saute 3 minutes or until tender.
  6. Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  8. Stir in parlsey and basil.
  9. Serve sauce over pasta; sprinkle with cheese.
Most Helpful

This was very easy to make and had a very fresh taste that I enjoyed. I used penne because it was what I had to hand and I also used canned tomatoes instead of fresh. I doubled the recipe to feed out hungry tummies and that worked out great too. For dietary reasons, I skipped the oil and used a non-fat cooking spray and splashes of water to 'fry' the onions and I also used splenda instead of sugar with no issues at all. Made for ZWT4.

Sarah_Jayne May 28, 2008

Excellent recipe! I don't have a food processor so just crushed the tomatoes by hand. Used 2 cloves of garlic. Will definitely make this again! Thanks for sharing a great recipe.

Skooch November 14, 2007

Thank you for your great, quick pasta recipe! We will make again. Unfortunately I used diced toms. with skins on, so it kinda ruined the texture for us. I think next time too, I'll add a tiny bit more olive oil and 1/2 tsp less basil. All in all a good pasta. it's a keeper!

Chef Pollo October 29, 2007