Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Pasta is one of my favourite foods and whenever I am craving it but am too tired to cook something time consuming, this is the recipe I always turn to for my pasta fix! Today has been one of those days, craving something yummy but too tired after spending the majority of it in my kitchen baking cakes for a family gathering this weekend at my in law’s country lodge. This is such a simple and super quick sauce that is delicious and full of flavour, and low fat too. Watch this space for the fruits of today's labour, coming to my blog soon!

Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Serves 4

1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, peeled but left whole
1 can diced tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
About 4 basil leaves, torn
Pasta of choice, you’re favourite
Freshly Parmesan cheese, grated to serve

Put the oil and garlic in a saucepan over medium heat. When you can smell the garlic and it has flavoured the oil, add the tomatoes. Add a good pinch of salt and some pepper and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cook uncovered for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes have all merged with the oil into a sauce. Add the basil and a few drops of hot water toward the end of the cooking time if it looks as if it needs it. If you like, purèe the sauce until smooth, taking out the garlic clove first.

Meanwhile cook the pasta in boiling water, following the package instructions. Drain the pasta and stir through most of the sauce. Divide among four serving bowls and spoon the rest of the sauce on top. Drizzle with a little olive oil if you like, and serve with grated parmesan.

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