Simple Basil and Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

Wednesday, 15 January 2014


You know when people come into some unexpected money they say they had a windfall. Well recently, I had a windfall of good quality chopped tomatoes. The start of this post sounded much more exciting that, I'm sorry for misleading you. I think you'll forgive me when I share the simplest recipe ever that produces such a wonderful spaghetti sauce. I've had a craving for simple but delicious tomato pasta for bloody ages. It makes me think of Italy and the sun and most importantly CARBS. Carbs are important to me, I hope they are to you too. This recipe utilises a small selection of good quality ingredients that combine to make a rich, filling and entirely wonderful dish. As you can tell, I'm a fan.
Don't try to make this with budget chopped tomatoes, it won't be as nice. Trust me, I've tried. This recipe calls for good quality ingredients that are still within a humble student budget. Go ahead and treat yourself to some fancy chopped tomatoes. You can tell this wild talk comes from a finalist student. This is what life comes to, kids.
Also as it's a new year I thought we should go back to basics. Keeping it simple, keeping it real.
Keep it real, yo'.
Somebody stop me

For Simple Basil and Tomato Spaghetti you will need (serves 2):

400g good quality chopped tomaotes
1 garlic clove
1 big handful of fresh basil
1 tsp vegetable stock 
1 squidge of tomato puree
2 handfuls of dried spaghetti

Begin by heating a pan with a little oil in. Peel and crush your garlic then chuck into the hot oil. Leave to sizzle for about 5 minutes.


Then add in the blessed chopped tomatoes along with the puree and vegetable stock. Simmer very gently for 5-10 minutes.  


Once simmered add your spaghetti cooked al dente into the pan and stir the sauce through.


Shred in the majority of the basil leaves, leaving a few smaller ones to serve. Stir through completely, fish out the crushed garlic and then portion in to two bowls. 


Top with a handful of fresh baby basil leaves and get ready to tuck in.


Sprinkle with a little cheese if it floats your boat and then devour.
Happy eating!

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