In a large pot with water, add
Salt (to taste)
and bring it to a boil.
Cut the green tops off the
and slice and cut in half lengthwise. Thoroughly wash the leeks under running water. Thinly slice the leeks and wash them again. Drain well.
Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the sliced leeks and season with salt. Sauté for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
While the leeks are cooking, add the
Penne Pasta (1 box)
to the water and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the pasta water before draining.
Once the leeks are cooked, add them to a blender along with
Marinara Sauce (1 jar)
. Add 1/2 cup of pasta water to thin the sauce out a bit and blend until smooth. Add more water if necessary.
Add the blended pasta sauce to a skillet over medium heat along with the cooked, drained pasta and stir until well combined.
Add pasta water if necessary to thin the sauce out. Mix for 2 minutes.
Serve with a sprinkle of
Parmesan Cheese (to taste)
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
Fresh Basil (to taste)