Pasta with simple Tomato Sauce is an awesome dish, simple to prepare, made with boiled pasta added and simmered with a spicy and yummy tomato based sauce flavoured with basil, garlic, oregano and spiced with some peppercorns powder. Pasta is one important ingredient synonymous with Italy and Italian food. If you look closely, most cuisines around the world appear different but if seen closely you will find more similarities than differences. However vast and diversified we are, ultimately we are all a global community and love tasting and preparing various types of cuisines according to our tastes and ingredients available.
Most Italians who have migrated to different parts of the world have taken this quintessential ingredient to reach out other areas they have inhabited. As we are now accustomed to eating yummy pizzas as well as tomato sauce from the Italian cuisine, pastas have also widely spread around the world taking its place into the global cuisines.
Pasta It is a type of noodle and a staple food of the traditional Italian cuisine. Typically, they are made with unleavened dough from durum wheat flour mixed with water and formed into various shapes. It can also be made with various other flours from cereals or grains and eggs may be used instead of water. Broadly, pasta is divided into two categories, dried and the fresh. Both dried and fresh come in different shapes and sizes which include long, short, tubes, flat, sheet and decorative shapes. Some common types of pasta are macaroni, farfalle (looks like a bow tie), fettuccine, fusilli (spirals) etc. Now days, pasta has become a delicacy in every pantry and a sure-fire kid pleaser comfort food.
Kids love eating it during snack time or as light meal. A nice yummy, mouth-watering, luscious sauce makes the dish zesty and is a treat to the taste buds. Pasta sauces vary in taste, colour and texture. There is no hard and fast rule in using a particular sauce, so you can make a delicious sauce of your liking and taste to blend with the pasta. Cheese is one of important ingredient that is mixed in the pasta that gives a nice creamy and buttery taste.
The ratio of sauce to pasta varies according to taste and texture, however traditionally the sauce should not be excessive as the pasta itself must still be tasted. Pasta Sauce There are a variety of sauces that one can prepare for making the pasta sauce. The sauce and type of pasta are usually matched based on the consistency and ease of eating.
Traditionally in northern Italy, they use less tomato sauce, garlic and herbs while in southern Italy the sauces are more complex in variations and are paired with fresh vegetables, olives, capers or seafood with tomato sauce. Generally the sauces are either cream or tomato based but tomatoes are said to be the key ingredient in many pasta sauces and is staple ingredient in Italian cuisine.
Marinara sauce is the traditional tomato based pasta sauce made with diced tomatoes combined with finely chopped garlic, onions, red pepper flakes and other ingredients simmered until they become a saucy consistency.
Pasta recipes Some of the most delicious pasta recipes are Chicken pasta, Indian Italian Pasta Fusion, Quick Spicy Pasta, Vegetable Pasta etc.
How to prepare Pasta with Simple Tomato Sauce:
Pasta - 300 gms
Basil leaves - 4 nos
Cheese, grated - 2 tbsp
Chilli flakes - 1 tsp
Tomatoes - 3 nos
Garlic, chopped - 1 tbsp
Olive oil - 3 tbsp
Onion, chopped - 1 no
Oregano - 1 pinch
Parsley, chopped - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Heat olive oil in a pan and add garlic, onions and cook till the onions are lightly browned. Add chilli flakes, tomato puree and mix well. Cover the pan with lid and cook for some time. Add salt, sugar, pepper, parsley, basil, oregano, and mix well. Add boiled pasta (direct from the boiling water, drain the water off) and mix. Add grated cheese and toss all the ingredients well. Serve hot.
If you are truly tired of eating the same monotonous routine type of food, then spearhead and spice up your taste buds with a combination of this authentic Pasta with Italian sauce that will surely please your palate. A simple, delicious dish that take hardly few minutes to prepare and will be a sure hit with your kids and family.
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