Basil and tomato pasta

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: pasta | Tags: , |

Pasta is always served with a sauce in Southern Italy and the sauce invariably includes tomatoes, onions and garlic amongst its ingredients.
Basil and tomato sauce is arguably one of the best known pasta sauces of Italy. Bow tie pasta or farfalle is accompanied with this famous basil and red tomato sauce.
You can prepare larger quantities of this sauce and freeze it. Parboiled vegetables can also be added to this recipe.

Preparation time : 15 mins.
Cooking time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
3 cups cooked bow pasta (farfalle)
For the basil and tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups tomato pulp
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
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
salt to taste
For the garnish
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or processed cheese
a few basil leaves
For the basil and tomato sauce
1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and onion and sauté till the onion turns 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 1/2 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 the cheese and basil leaves.
Tips
Tomato pulp is made by blanching whole tomatoes in hot water and thereafter peeling, deseeding and chopping them.
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