Monday, 26 January 2015

A Simple Fresh Tomato Sauce for Pasta

A really simple supper dish to start the week off.

So, if you have had a busy weekend and leaped straight back into a hectic Monday, this is the dish for you. It's fresh, healthy, satisfying and, as I've already pointed out, it's  easy, easy, EASY.......

I made this last week on one of my 'home alone night's' - basically raiding the fridge and seeing what I can come up with. I often make this basic tomato sauce/paste - it's excellent for spreading on a pizza base, or mixing in to a dish that needs a tomato base such as a stew, rice dish or, as in this case, pasta.

Here's the basic sauce recipe - serves 2

1 lb of fresh tomatoes - peeled and roughly chopped (or 1 tin chopped tomatoes)
1 large onion - any colour I used red
2 cloves garlic - peeled & crushed
good handful chopped parsley
olive oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper

for my pasta supper I added...

a small handful feta chunks (as much or as little as you want)
a few rocket leaves or any other small salad leaf will do
a good tablespoon of small back olives - pitted (I used couchillo olives - I just like the size and       flavour of them for this type of dish)

Roughly chop the tomatoes, onion and parsley.

Heat some olive oil in a heavy based pan and then cook the onions until they start to soften. Then added the  tomatoes and cook, for just a few minutes, until they to start to soften as well - you don't want to break them to a mush your just heating them to help release some of their sweetness. Now pop them into a food processor along with the parsley and garlic...... and give it a good whizz.....

Your looking for this consistency........I like my sauce to have a good garlicky bite but if you want a little less, add it to the pan when you add your tomatoes to help take the edge off the flavour.

Turn your tomato paste/sauce into a bowl and add a little salt and some freshly ground black pepper.
And there you have it a simple sauce to do with as you wish.......

For my pasta supper I cooked up a portion of dry spaghetti ......

When the pasta was cooked I added a good dollop of my sauce and added the olives. I also added a slug more of olive oil and gave it all a gentle mix through to distributed the sauce so it coated all the pasta.

Now simple turn into a warm bowl and add your feta, rocket and may be a few more olives and serve...
 tomato pasta

As I said, a very simple supper. If you don't have these ingredients, as fresh to hand, then a tin of chopped tomatoes and some dried italian herbs (oregano, marjoram, or even a little dried thyme or rosemary) along with an onion and garlic will do the job just as well for a simple store cupboard sauce. You also don't have to use feta - parmesan shards, or even grated cheddar will produce a tasty simple, and cheap meal!

Hope you have a good start to your week
Love Lizx