Pasta with Tomato Sauce and Cheese

Prep Time : 15 mins                                  Cook Time : 25 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil ( or you can use any other oil )
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 500 gms Tomatoes (blanched and pureed)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste / Tomato Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper as per taste
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Bay leaf (Tej patta)
  • 4 tbsp Shredded Cheese
  • 1 tbsp dried Basil or 5-6 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano

To Serve : 400 gm Pasta of your choice, cooked as per the instructions on the package

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan over a gentle heat. Add the onions and fry gently, stirring frequently, until translucent. They should be softened and not browned. Don’t rush this stage – it should take about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute or so to soften. Tip in the tomatoes and the tomato paste and stir.
  3. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper, sugar and the bay leaf.Bring up to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer very gently for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have reduced down to a thick sauce. You may need to add a little water to prevent it from catching.
  4. When the sauce has been simmering for 10-15 minutes, bring a large pot of well-salted water to the boil and cook your pasta according to the packet instructions.
  5. When the pasta is cooked, drain.
  6.  When the sauce is cooked, taste for seasoning and add salt and freshly ground black pepper . When you’re ready to serve it, add the cheese to the sauce. Add basil to the sauce, then turn off the heat from under the sauce. Remove the bay leaf .
  7. Pour the sauce over the pasta and serve.

Serves : 2

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