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 Italian Tomato Sauce Recipe

Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce on pasta
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An authentic Italian Tomato Sauce has a base of tomatoes, onions, garlic, herbs and some wine.


Then add whatever vegetables you have and a small amount meat (ham or bacon do well). We chose peppers, mushrooms and some pesto sauce added at the last moment.

Quick and easy. this recipe also uses up leftover vegetables. This sauce is ideal over any type of pasta or meatballs. It has the added benefit of being healthy and a good contributor to a low fat and cholesterol diet. Finally, it freezes a treat (the sauce, not the pasta)!

KEY POINTS

 Preparation Time:  20 mins  Cooking Time:   20 minutes
 How Difficult  Easy  Freeze?   Very Well
 Servings

4 portions




INGREDIENTS

Ingredients

Imperial

Metric

2 large cans plum tomatoes

1lb 12oz

800 g

Onions 2 medium 2 medium
Bacon smoked if possible 4 rashers 4 rashers
Mushrooms 1 oz 50 g
Green or yellow sweet pepper 1 1
Red wine 1 glass 1 glass
Garlic clove 2 medium 2 medium
Tomato puree concentrate 2 level tablespoon 2 level tablespoon
Green Pesto 2 level tablespoon 2 level tablespoon
Dried Basil 1 level teaspoon 1 level teaspoon
Dried Oregano 1 level teaspoon 1 level teaspoon
Olive oil 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper To taste To taste
Grated Parmesan cheese 4 teaspoons 4 teaspoons
Pasta of your choice 4 servings 4 servings

COOKING EQUIPMENT
1 largish frying pan

PREPARATION
Finely chop the garlic cloves
Roughly slice the mushrooms
Finely chop the onion
Cut the bacon into smallish cubes
De-seed and chop the sweet pepper
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Italian tomato sauce

Method 

Italian Tomato Sauce ingredients, click to enlarge Put the olive oil in the frying pan, warm to a medium heat and add the bacon and onion. Cook for 5 minutes until the onions are soft and the bacon is cooked through. Turn the heat to low and add the sweet peppers. Cook at this low heat for 10 minutes turning the ingredients every two minutes or so.

Sometime around here you should start cooking the pasta depending on the packet instructions.

Add the red wine, tomato concentrate and cook on a medium heat for a further five minutes. Italian Tomato Sauce ingredients, click to enlarge

 
Italian Tomato Sauce ingredients, click to enlarge Put the serving plates in the oven to heat them through.

Add the tomatoes, mushrooms, basil, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Stir in the pesto sauce and cook for 30 seconds more.

 
Place the cooked pasta on warmed plates and spoon over the tomato sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and eat immediately. Italian Tomato Sauce on pasta, click to enlarge

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