10 Minute Tomato Pasta Sauce

Monday, 14 November 2016

I've always been a firm pasta lover. When I was at university I practically lived off the stuff, partly due to my lack of cooking skills back then and partly because I just absolutely loved it and it was cheap. Even through all the chat on how you should avoid pasta because carbs, I've always stuck by it because how can anyone not eat something so bloody amazing. Maybe it's a comfort thing, throughout my childhood pasta was a firm staple in our house and both of my favourite meals that my dad cooked were pasta. So basically, I eat a lot of pasta and it's delicious. Don't be scared of it, carbs are good and filling and delicious. 

Normally, I would spend an hour one day making up a big batch of tomato pasta sauce that I would then freeze in batches to be taken out when needed. I still do sometimes but after coming home one evening and having those pasta craves but no sauce in sight I thought I'd try to throw together something quick. It came out so good that my carefully prepared sauce has been shunned in favour of this super lazy 10 minute method. I'm not complaining. This sauce is filled with flavour with a nice kick from the chilli flakes and a hint of cheesiness from the nutritional yeast. I think I've made it every week for the past few months! 

You will need (serves 1): 
10 cherry tomatoes, halved
3 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped 
1 grated carrot 
3 tablespoons tomato puree 
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs 
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion granules 
1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes 
1/4 teaspoon garlic granules 
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
a handful of spinach (optional) 

- Put the cherry tomatoes into a pot with a little water and fry for 3-4 minutes over a medium heat. 
- Add the tomato puree, sundried tomatoes and all the herbs and spices with a little extra water to make a paste. Leave this to simmer for around 1-2 minutes. 
- Add the grated carrot and 1/2 a cup of water and leave to simmer over a low/medium heat for 5 minutes. 
- Stir through the nutritional yeast and spinach if adding and then pour over some cooked pasta.

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