Monday, 9 November 2015

A Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce for Pasta

Quick pasta suppers are my 'go-to' dish, especially when I'm home alone and looking for something simple to make but is tasty, healthy and filling. When I'm by myself it's sometimes difficult for me to get motivated and prepare a meal - even when I love to cook - but this sauce always smells so great when cooking and only takes a little preparation it's really perfect for those days when I'm a little sluggish........

Recipe - serves 2
1 red pepper
1 large onion
2 sticks celery
a clove of garlic
2 bay leaves
1 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs
olive oil
salt and pepper
a few fresh basil leaves
Parmesan to serve.

Pasta - any type will work here I had a spinach and ricotta tortellini in the fridge, but I usually have it on spaghetti or tagliatelle.

First you need to dice up your onion, red pepper and celery into similar size cubes. You want a small dice - no bigger that a cm in size.

Get a large, non-stick, heavy based pan heating up with a good slug of olive oil. Pop the diced vegetables in and saute over a medium heat for a few minutes. You want you them to start to cook but not colour.

Next up you need to peel and crush the garlic. When the onions have started to become glossy and translucent, you can add the garlic to the pan and give it a few moments to sizzle - I just love that smell!

 Now add your tinned tomatoes, followed by your herbs and the bay leaves.

If you feel it needs it add a little sugar to help sweeten the tomatoes - about a level teaspoon is usually enough.

Add about a wine glass of water and then leave the pan over a medium heat to cook through and allow the sauce to reduce. Do not stir the pan, just give it a shake every now and again just to stop it sticking.

Whilst the sauce is cooking you can get your pasta ready - dried, fresh, any shape or size it's up to you - just follow the manufactures instructions.

Once the sauce has reduced by about half - you want most of the liquid to have gone so a thick sauce has formed - season with salt and pepper and stir in some torn basil leaves. (if you don't have any basil half a teaspoon of pesto will do the job)

Coat your pasta with butter or olive oil and a little black pepper. Place in a warmed pasta bowl or plate, spoon some of the tomato sauce over your pasta and grate on a little Parmesan to serve.

Bon appetit!

Whoops sorry it's more Italian then french so I should really say Buon Appetito!

Have a great start to your week
Love Lizx

 Tomato sauce for pasta