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Pasta - Fusilli cooked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Tomato Sauce.

By The Gourmet Table, Down Under





This one comes from my bottled sauce prepared with fresh juicy Roma tomatoes.  I prepared a small batch sum time back, which surprisingly lasted, until now. A very easy to make, no fuss and exactly how I like my pasta with tomato sauce....


Ingredients:
Fusilli/Penne  2 cups
Pasta Tomato sauce 2 cups
Salt and pepper as per taste
Extra Virgin Olive oil 2 tspn (good quality)
Butter a knob
Cheddar/Parmesan cheese 1 cup each (grated)
Fresh Basil for garnishing


Pasta Tomato sauce:
Roma tomatoes 1 kg
Tomato paste 1 tbspn
Tomato ketchup 1 cup
Chilly ketchup 1/2 cup (as per ur taste buds)
Garlic paste 1 tbspn
Onion 1 (large, cut finely)
Brown/demerara sugar 2 tbspn
Salt and pepper as per taste
Olive oil 2 tbspn


 Method for the sauce:
Blanch the tomatoes by dropping them in hot boiling water for a min and immediately transferring it to ice water.....which helps in peeling the skin off.De seed the tomatoes, chop finely and keep aside.Take a saucepan with olive oil, add the onion and saute until pale and translucent.Add the garlic once the onion sweats. Saute until fragrant...do not burn the garlic.Throw in the chopped tomatoes and saute.Now add all the sauces and mix thoroughly.Saute until the tomatoes cook completely with the sauces.Add the sugar and seasoning. Saute for a min.Put a lid on the saucepan and let it cook for another 5 mins.Turn the gas off and let it cool.Pour in a clean sanitised airtight jar and store in the fridge.The sauce stays fresh for 2-3 months only if you do not resist to finish it before-hand.Method:
Bring a pot of water to boil with a handful of salt.Add the pasta to the boiling water and stir occasionally to prevent sticking.Take a saucepan with olive oil, add the tomato sauce and saute.Add seasoning to it and keep stirring.When the pasta is al dente or just done, refresh and drain.Toss the pasta in the sauce.Divide the pasta equally in a ovenproof dish and top with both the cheese.Brush with little butter on top of the cheese to prevent it from burning.Bake until the cheese melts.Serve hot, garnished with basil and a little sprinkle of olive oil.PS:
One can even use Penne pasta to make this dish.Add par-boiled peas, carrots and beans to make a meal on its own.This sauce can also used to make a quick spaghetti bolognaise or chicken parmigiana.

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