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Caserecce Pasta & Red Sauce

CASERECCE PASTA and RED SAUCE
Olive Garden Recipe

Serves 4

1 pound caserecce pasta (or your favorite small shaped pasta), cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 bay leaf
3 (29 oz.) cans tomato sauce
1 (12 oz.) can tomato paste
3 3/4 cups water
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons basil, dried
1/4 teaspoon oregano, dried
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
fresh Italian parsley, for garnish

Heat oil in a saucepot and add onions, garlic and bay leaf. Saute until golden brown, being careful not to burn. Add tomato sauce and paste, water and seasoning. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Toss cooked, drained pasta into sauce. Transfer to a large serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

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