Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Easy and Tasty Tomato Sauce.

Taking index of my blog postings, it's pretty clear I favor Italian cooking. It makes sense to me: Italian is pretty easy and pretty tasty. And (even though no one believes that Italians can be blond), I am 1/4 Italian. And in this day in this country, that's practically ethnic, right? Well this isn't a family recipe (or at least not yet). I got it from a really hee-larious blog The Amateur Gourmet that has become my new mid-day distraction. I had all the ingredients in my pantry (which never ever happens to me), and it really took about 15 minutes to make--so unlike my homemade ravioli recipe, is actually mom-friendly. I only deviated from his recipe when I used diced tomatoes instead of whole canned tomatoes--not sure that qualifies as "recipe development." But it is less messy. I have also come one step closer to acheiving my goal of making and mastering the grand sauces. As yet I've only attempted hollandaise (disaster), bechamel (eh) and tomato (conquered here).
(Lainey's Take on Adam's Take on Lydia's) 15-minute Tomato Sauce:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to your liking)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound dried pasta (rigatoni in my case)
Chop or mince garlic. Heat oil in pot. Add garlic to pot and saute until it is light brown. Add red pepper flakes and saute a bit more. Add tomato paste and toast until it turns orange. (Mine actually burned right away, so you should turn down the burner, but there was really no problem with the burned paste, so worries). Pour in diced tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta. When pasta is soft to the bite, drain and stir into sauce for another 5 minutes. Serve with plenty of parmasan cheese.


Anonymous said...

Good recipe, easy & cheap. Does your food get cold while you are taking these nice pictures?

Lainey Seyler said...

it was good. i ate it for dinner for three days.

i'm not too obsessive about the photos. they usually only take a minute to take, so the food is always fine. maybe someday i'll have to set up a full on photo shoot. we shall see.

maria said...

Did you not eat the rest of the week? You're leaving me hanging here!

Lainey Seyler said...

bah. sorry. this meal did last for THREE entire dinners. this is what happens when you're single...

i promise more food tomorrow. you're mouth will be watering because i am making risotto. i rock at making risotto.