For me, pasta is one of those meals that can be cooked on the fly. I always have a stash of my own dried pasta ready to turn into something fabulous in a pinch. I think it’s the sauce that causes all the commotion.
I can’t understand why some people buy pre-made sauces; they taste foul! Although I did just pop down to my new local market yesterday and noticed a huge range of fresh convenience food that was organic and preservative free. So maybe I should eat my own words...
Anyway, to make a really simple Quick Tomato Sauce you only need a few ingredients and about 10-15 minutes. You can very easily mix this recipe up, adding different ingredients, or whatever you have handy. I added fresh local prawns to my last batch. Yum!
Quick Tomato Sauce- Serves 4
- 1 x 440g tin of Roma tomatoes - whole, organic if you can find it
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 7 cloves of garlic, finely diced
- 100mL of dry sherry, or white wine
- 100mL of cream
- Large handful of basil leaves (about a cup)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a skillet with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Fry your onions with a pinch of salt. Once they turn translucent toss in your diced garlic and fry for a further minute.
- Drizzle in about a quarter of your sherry. Allow to reduce, then add in a little more. Repeat again adding in your remaining sherry, then add in your tomatoes a bring to a bubbling simmer.
- Once the sauce has been simmering for a few minutes, start adding your cream, about half to start with. Allow to simmer and thicken, then add in your remaining cream.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, toss through your basil and cooked pasta and serve with a little pecorino or Romano cheese and enjoy!
You could, of course, use fresh tomatoes, which is far more flavoursome, but when your pressed for time this recipe is a winner. This sauce is great with fresh ravioli or gnocchi. Enjoy!