Well I have ventured into the world of homemade pasta and I have to say it was pretty straightforward. Having seen all the contestants on television cooking competitions cursing their pasta dough as it catches in their pasta maker rips and then turns into a claggy, sticky mess when they cook it I thought it was going to be an utter nightmare. So I’m feeling pretty chuffed that it was a success and that everyone enjoyed eating it too!
I think I need to give it a few more tries before I share the recipe but in the meantime here’s my tomato sauce recipe. Perfect for Meat Free Monday, it’s a quick and simple recipe and the result is a rich, caramelised tomato sauce that is utterly delicious and a real crowd pleaser. It’s also a great last minute recipe as I can pretty much guarantee you will have all the ingredients in your pantry. You don’t have to eat it on pasta. I use this sauce on pizza, with meatballs and in my pumpkin, ricotta and spinach lasagna. You can also serve it with meat or fish and if you have some leftover I’ve posted three ways to turn this pasta sauce it into another meal your family will love.
Suitable from 8 months. Freezes well.
Makes: 6 serves
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minute
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1/2 red onion finely diced (a brown onion will taste fine too)
3 cloves crushed garlic
2-3 tbsps olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Pour the olive oil into a heavy based pan over a medium, high heat.
Fry off the onion until it is transparent. Be careful it doesn’t catch. Add the garlic and continue to fry for another couple of minutes.
Pour in the tomatoes and the water (I use the water to rinse out any left over tomato in the cans).
Turn down the heat and leave to gently reduce for about 20 minutes.
Serve stirred through fresh pasta with a generous grating of parmesan cheese on top and some basil leaves if you have them.
If you have more pasta sauce than you need it will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or you can also freeze it. For easy freezable portions freeze the sauce in an ice cube tray and store in a snaplock bag once frozen. Perfect for last minute dinners for the kids.