I have no idea where I got this initial recipe from, but I took the basis of it and threw in my own substitutions or alterations, and it seemed to go down well. I’ve got more into making sauces for pasta recently. It can be so cheap and easy to throw in a sauce that I had fallen into the trap of doing that, but it’s so inexpensive to make your own sauce, and it has an extra edge of tastiness.
For this recipe, which serves about 4, you will need:
4 cloves garlic, crushed
400g can chopped tomatoes
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
400-450g amori pasta (twirls)
2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp crushed chillies
2 courgettes, diced
25g fresh basil leaves, torn
Heat half the oil in a small pan and cook the garlic and chilli over a low heat for about three minutes until soft but not browned. Add the canned tomatoes and seasoning and simmer gently for 15 mins, stirring occasionally until thickened.
Heat the remaining oil in a medium frying pan and add the courgettes and fresh tomatoes. Fry over a high heat for 3-4 minutes until golden.
Add the fresh vegetables to the tomato sauce, and add in the basil
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water, and then drain. Add the sauce and toss again, before serving.
This was simple, cheap and tasted really fresh, with a nice little kick from the chillies. I’ll definitely use it again!
What are your favourite pasta recipes?