Tomato, Chilli and Garlic Pasta Sauce

This is a simple, 30-minute pasta sauce that tastes like a restaurant creation and is an easy way to jazz up your pasta leftovers.

Serves 4 people


 

  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed dried chilli
  • 400 grams tin plum tomates
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 250 grams cooked pasta
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh basil
  • 250 grams cooked leftover pasta

 

  1. Add olive oil to a medium hot pan and add the finely chopped garlic and chilli.
  2. Stir in gently to release the natural oils and flavours.
  3. Empty the tomatoes into a bowl and crush them with your hands or a fork then add them to the pan
  4. Heat the sauce until it is gently bubbling then add the bay leaf and dried herbs.
  5. Place a lid over the pan and simmer it for around 20 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and allow to cool before adding any chopped fresh herbs.

Method

  1. Add olive oil to a medium hot pan and add the finely chopped garlic and chilli.
  2. Stir in gently to release the natural oils and flavours.
  3. Empty the tomatoes into a bowl and crush them with your hands or a fork then add them to the pan
  4. Heat the sauce until it is gently bubbling then add the bay leaf and dried herbs.
  5. Place a lid over the pan and simmer it for around 20 minutes.
  6. Take off the heat and allow to cool before adding any chopped fresh herbs.

Ingredients

 

  • 1 teaspoon(s) dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) crushed dried chilli
  • 400 grams tin plum tomates
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 250 grams cooked pasta
  • 1 tablespoon(s) fresh basil
  • 250 grams cooked leftover pasta

 


Additional tips:

The sauce is a starting point for so many dishes – it can be used for pasta, pizzas, or soups, on meat, fish or roasted vegetables. It will keep in the fridge for 3 days and does freeze well.

Notes on leftover pasta – before you store pasta in the fridge – mix a little oil into it. This will stop it sticking together and keep it in good condition for a day or two. Also, more robust pasta shapes like penne will keep better than spaghetti. When you want to use it just refresh it in some boiling water for 20 seconds and then add to hot sauce.

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