Basil and tomato pasta

Posted on September 10, 2009. Filed under: pasta | Tags: , |

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

For the basil and tomato sauce
1½ cups tomato pulp, refer handy tip
½ cup finely chopped onions
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon chilli powder
2 tablespoons tomato purée
1 teaspoon sugar
4 to 5 tablespoons fresh cream
12 to 15 basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
For the garnish
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese or processed cheese
For the basil and tomato sauce
1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onions and garlic and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
2. Add the tomato pulp and cook till the sauce thickens (approx. 5 to 7 minutes).
3. Add the chilli powder, tomato purée, sugar, salt and ½ cup of water and bring to a boil.
4. Add the cream and basil leaves. Mix well and keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Just before serving, re-heat the basil and tomato sauce and toss the bow pasta in it.
2. Serve hot garnished with cheese.
Tips
Tomato pulp is made by blanching whole tomatoes in hot water and thereafter peeling, deseeding and chopping them.
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