Molly’s got a late summer cold so I decided to whip up one of her favorite pasta sauces. The secret is adding lots of garlic and red pepper flakes for an extra kick. They will help clear her sinuses and garlic is known to be an immune booster that can help reduce the duration of the common cold. If you are looking for a low carb option, why not swap out the pasta for zucchini noodles!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped yellow onion
  • 5 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Start by heating the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes into the pan and saute over medium heat for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper into the pan, scraping up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Cover and simmer on the lowest heat for 15 minutes.

Serve over pasta and top with freshly chopped basil.

If you are looking for a low carb option, swap out the pasta for zucchini noodles.

Peel 2 – 3 medium sized zucchinis and place into a large pan.

Drizzle with 2 – 4 tbsp olive oil and add a half a cup of water.

Stir fry until tender.

Serve with marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil. Enjoy!