This spaghetti dinner with a creamy marinara sauce, fresh basil, and grated Parmesan cheese is ready to serve in about 15 minutes.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour whole box of pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Pour 3 cups of cold water into the pan, ensuring that the liquid covers the pasta. Turn the burner to high, then set your timer for 10 minutes (optional: add a bit of salt to taste).

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  • Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated.

  • Stir in sauce and cream, and continue to cook until desired consistency is reached, approximately 2 minutes.

  • Remove skillet from heat, top with fresh basil and cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

381 calories; protein 11.9g; carbohydrates 54.2g; fat 13.4g; cholesterol 33mg; sodium 561.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (20)

Rating: 4 stars
08/15/2015
This recipe surprised me with how simple it was and how filling and fairly good it was too. The whole recipe cost me less than five dollars, not including the parmesan cheese which I already had on hand. I chose this recipe because I was looking for a vegetarian dish. I made a couple of small changes. I left out the basil as I am just not a fan of fresh basil and find it way over-powering in dishes. I also used half and half over heavy cream to lighten it up some. For those that wanted meat I sautéed some Italian meatballs on the side. I have now tried the Barilla Pronto elbows and spaghetti. The directions for the spaghetti, in this recipe, are perfect. Just make sure to keep stirring towards the end. I have a T-Fal professional saute pan. So, I can attest it definitely works in it. With the Pronto elbows, and another recipe, I had to add an additional cup of water and 3 more minutes of stirring after the 10 minute mark. They were then just like the boil and drain pasta types in both taste and texture. In my opinion, the Pronto pasta is great for a night when a quick meal is desired with very little dish washing. ty Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2015
Good recipe for the beginning cook. Very simple to make and a nice mellow taste. I followed the recipe exactly, but if I was to do it again, I would add in some extra garlic and perhaps some crushed red peppers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2015
I absolutely loved this one. Talk about quick and easy! Dinner was in the table in less than 15 minutes. My family isn't big on meatless dishes so next time I may throw some shrimp in for them but I thought it was perfect as is. Serve with a fresh garden salad and some warm garlic bread and dinner is on the table! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/13/2015
This was very quick and easy to make. The sauce was very good and creamy. My family really liked this and clean up was super easy since it was made all in one pan. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2015
Added meatballs, used fat free half & half, and way less cheese. This was a definite winner, use any sort of sauce you like, jarred or homemade! A definite make-again for my family, thanks for sharing! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2015
I made this fairly quick. It's the perfect weeknight meal after a late sports practice night. It was okay...not a meal that I'd make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/13/2015
I was VERY skeptical about this pasta. Sounded way to easy, dry pasta in a pan, add COLD water and cook on high for 10 - 12 minutes. I expected a sticky gluey mess. Boy oh Boy was I surprised! This came together perfectly. I did use the a 24 oz jar of Tomato Basil sauce instead of the Marinara & added a few red pepper flakes to step it up a notch. It took less time to cook the pasta dish than it did to put together a salad and some sliced bread. Note: If you need to add some protein, a few shrimp would be an excellent addition. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2016
Simple and very tasty. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2016
This was OK, but not great. It was, however, easy and quick. I think I would prefer it without the added cream-just the marinara with parm and basil. The Barilla Pronto is a good product, though. It cooked exactly like it was supposed to and will decrease time and clean-up compared to regular pasta. Read More