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Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta Sauce

There's nothing more authentic than homemade fresh tomato and basil pasta sauce in an Italian household. No matter how hard one may try it's virtually impossible to obtain that very special, sweet aroma from a tin of chopped tomatoes or bottled pasta sauce, it doesn't come close! This sauce takes all of 20mins to prepare, so what are you waiting for? Reach for the pan and get cooking!

(Serves Two)
  • 3-4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic, whole
  • 300g Cherry Tomatoes/ Baby Plum Tomatoes (on the vine)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • Handful of Fresh Basil, chopped
  • A generous pinch of salt
Chop the tomatoes in half, set aside.

Heat a pan on medium heat, peel the garlic clove.

Add the olive oil and garlic to the pan, allow the oil take on the flavour of the garlic for 1-2mins.

Add the tomatoes, tomato puree and pinch of salt mixing well, bring to a simmer.

Lower the flame and simmer for 10mins, add the basil 2mins before you are ready to take off the heat, remove the garlic clove.

Serve with a pasta of your choice (I love tortellini or freshly made pasta) toppped with grated Parmesan. You could also use this recipe as a base for cooking white fish in the oven with black olives and capers "alla pizzaiola"... but that's another recipe I will share in good time!

The Italian art of simplicity...

Tried It? Liked It? Tweaked It? Let me know!

Patz x


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