14 Mar Simple Tomato Sauce For Pasta

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Simple Tomato Sauce For Pasta

14 March 2023

PREP. TIME: 5 MIN     -   COOK: 10 min   -    Serves: 2 - 4

A simple tomato sauce for pasta is essentially what the Italians would call a Tomato Sugo. 

Passata is just pureed tomatoes and not really suitable for dressing pasta. You could use a 500ml jar of passata in this recipe instead of a tin of tomatoes or 500g fresh tomatoes.


This sauce is best made with those wonderful small sauce tomatoes that are available from late Summer to Autumn.


If you are using fresh tomatoes for the quantities in this recipe - you could simply grate them on the coarse side of the grater. If you are using a larger volume of tomatoes you should either skin the tomatoes first before adding them to the oil otherwise put the whole sauce through the coarse blade of a food mill once the sauce is cooked.


If you are interested in learning more about cooking and preserving tomatoes in different forms we have a Tomato Day every year. Click on the link here for more information.


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ingredients


500 g skinned sauce tomatoes  / bottled / tinned tomatoes

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic - whole, unpeeled

1 teaspoon dried oregano or a sprig of fresh basil or oregano

Salt and Pepper to season


equipment

Chopping Board and Kitchen Knife

Heavy based pan

Wooden Spoon

METHOD


1. Place the whole garlic cloves and oregano and olive oil in a pan over medium heat.

Heat gently until the garlic colours and becomes aromatic.

Turn up the heat and add the tomatoes - they will spit as they hit the hot oil so stand back and try and get as many in at once to quickly reduce the temperature of the oil.

Stir occassionally - cooking over high heat until the tomatoes are broken down and amalgamated with the oil..
Taste and season with salt and pepper.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and stirring occassionally - reduce the sauce so it is rich and thick 

Taste and season again.


2. To dress spaghetti or other pasta with the sauce:

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water in a pot beside the pan the sauce is cooking or heating in.

Transfer the cooked pasta from the water with tongs, directly into the sauce. Toss the pasta well to thoroughly coat each strand of pasta with the sauce.

Serve immediately with Parmesan Cheese


source

Recipe by Elizabeth Peddey 


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