The pasta sauce recipe that I am about to provide, is again, very versatile. I change the recipe nearly every time I make it according to what I have in the fridge – or should I say, mum and dad’s fridge. I have never gone out to purchase anything for this pasta, which is what I love about it. It is all according to taste and your own personal taste, and that is a very important element to enjoying cooking.
- Chilli and/or dried chilli flakes.
- Red onion.
- Olive oil.
- Tinned tomatoes (crushed, diced, whole, with garlic and herbs – whatever! You may also need more than one tin if making a large batch of pasta sauce)
- Red wine.
- Tsp of sugar.
- Any other extras that you like – olives, capers, artichokes, semi dried tomatoes, “fresh” tomatoes (this is a particularly good way of using up tomatoes that have almost had it)
- Dried oregano.
- Fresh basil (delicious but you can do without)
- Fresh spinach (delicious but you can do without)
- In a large frying pan, drizzle some olive oil and top with chopped garlic and onion and fresh chilli (if using chilli flakes instead, add these in a bit later).
- Fry these on a low-medium heat until soft and translucent.
- Add in fresh tomatoes if you choose, but most importantly add in a tin of tomatoes and stir around. Also at this stage, add a teaspoon of sugar, this helps to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes.
- Let this mixture bubble away and while doing so; pour in a glug (or a bit more…) of any red wine you like. My rule is that its important to cook with wine that you would also drink, there is no point using a cheap wine that tastes horrible in cooking, as it will still taste bad in the food!
- Allow the wine to simmer and stir it through so it cooks into the sauce.
- Add any other extras you like as stated in the ingredients. At this stage I would also add some water, simply fill up the tinned tomatoes can with water and pour this in and allow it to cook and the sauce to thicken again.
- Add dried oregano and chilli flakes and any other dried herbs that you like, and stir through.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- At this final stage I would also add in fresh basil and spinach and stir it through.
- When cooked to your liking, stir through some freshly cooked pasta and serve!