Back to Basics – Pasta Sauce

Last night’s impromptu trip out in the new motorhome meant a quick easy meal needed. A tomato based pasta sauce was perfect.

Very few ingredients are needed for a basic tomato sauce, but the recipe can be easily adapted and added to.

You could use fresh tomatoes, but we just grabbed what was in the cupboard and left – no time for shopping!

Here’s the basic recipe, for 2 people, with some suggestions along the way.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan and add half a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic, chopped. Fry gently until softened – try frying a few anchovies first, until they ‘melt’, before adding the other ingredients.
Add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes –  add any herbs now, oregano, thyme and basil work well.
Leave on a low heat to simmer and reduce, about 20 minutes is good.
Add some pitted olives, a good handful if you love them as much as I do!
Leave for a few more minutes and taste for seasoning. I add plenty of black pepper, but no salt as the olives add saltiness.
Serve with pasta of your choice, a little parmesan and, if you have them, some freshly torn basil leaves.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the food, but here’s me cooking it!

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