Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Recipe: Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Anytime I lack the time or energy to make a full-on meal, I tend to fall back on pasta. It's quick to make, and even better, nearly foolproof to execute.

Of course, just because it's easy doesn't mean it has to be boring! If you have fresh tomatoes on hand, you can make homemade sauce in less than ten minutes. It'll take at least that long to boil the water and cook the pasta, so why not make fresh sauce instead of opening a jar?

All you really need for a simple pasta sauce is olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and herbs (I use basil, but you could substitute any herb you like). Since the sauce is so simple, you'll really taste each component - it's a great showcase for the flavorful heirloom tomatoes I get at the farmer's market. If you want to add onions, throw those in at the same time as the garlic. I like to add a beaten egg at the end for a little extra moisture and richness, but you can skip that step if you like - just add a little extra pasta water to the sauce instead and boost the creaminess with a little grated cheese.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce
Dried pasta
2 tbsp olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tomatoes
Handful fresh basil
One fresh egg
Salt and pepper

Set a pot of water over high heat. When water boils, salt it liberally and add pasta. Stir frequently and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until it begins to brown.

Clean and roughly chop tomatoes, then add them to the skillet along with the fresh herbs. Season with salt and pepper.

Continue to cook tomato sauce until it begins to reduce down, about ten minutes. If the sauce looks too dry at any point, stir in a small amount of cooking water from the pasta. Just before the pasta is ready, turn the heat off on the tomato sauce. Beat an egg in a small bowl, then temper it by adding a spoonful or two of the cooking water.  Drain the pasta and stir it into the tomato sauce. Pour the beaten egg mixture over the pasta, then stir until fully combined. 

Serve immediately.

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