Sunday, April 01, 2007

Easy Peasy Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce

Dedicated to nina and naim.

This is a variation of the Spaghetti Bodoh recipe I posted earlier.
Again, this recipe does not include any meat or veggies, you are free to add them if you like.

Easy peasy pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce

250gram pasta (cooked per instructions, al-dente)
half a head of garlic (about 5 to 6 cloves, chopped roughly)
4-6 tablespoons of tomato paste
4-6 tablespoons of sugar
half a cup of stock (I used beef stock)
1/4 cup cream (I used whipping cream)
dried or fresh herbs (optional, I used dried basil and fresh parsley)
extra virgin olive oil
vege oil for sauteing

Saute garlic in abit of vegetable oil till fragrant and nutty. Add stock and dried herbs, bring to a boil. Add tomato paste and equal amount of sugar (or, to your taste), stir to mix, bring to a boil. Add cream, stir to mix then toss in the pasta. Toss till pasta absorbs the liquid.
Serve with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of finely chopped fresh herbs.

Sorry, no pictures, Taufik brought the camera to work.
I made this with spaghetti coz that's what the kids wanted. But I've made this with macaroni before and it was equally edible.
You can turn this into a yummy bolognaise by browning the mince meat before adding the stock. You probably need to add more tomato paste, though.
Basil could be replaced with the ready mixed Italian herbs (Kat giant ada jual, McCormack), or just oregano, if you like. Parsley could be omitted, or replaced with mint, fresh basil, whatever you like, the herb police wont come to get you.
To cheat, you could replace the tomato paste + cream with a can of cream of tomato soup (and add more cream if you like).
If you want to add veggies, add it towards the end, before you add the cream. The cream needs to be added last so that it doesn't curdle.

bon apetit!

Hey what happened to zan and famygirl? Something going on in FSL?

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