Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pomodoro Sauce

The new school term started today and there were tantrums, protests and whining early in the morning. And that was me. My children, on the other hand, were slow and sleepy, but thankfully co-operative. Well, I we will adapt soon enough. Soon enough. :)

Here is an easy dish I make when I don't feel like eating (but know that I have to). I had two large and ripe tomatoes on the brink of expiry, and turned them into a really simple Pomodoro Sauce. I poured it over my freshly cooked penne, sprinkled some grated parmesan cheese and also dried chilli flakes to fire things up a little ... and tadah! I had one hot dish ready for lunch.

(adapted from Tyler Florence)

For the Pomodoro Sauce (yields 4 servings)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons white onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tablespoons fresh herbs (oregano, basil, parsley), chopped - I used parsley
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Pinch of sugar - you'll need more if you are using local tomatoes, which are very tart
- 3 or 4 tbsp Passata* depending on how much gravy you want (I like the brand, Mutti)

*Source: Passata is made from ripe tomatoes that have been puréed and sieved to remove the skin and seeds. It is sold in jars and can be smooth or chunky depending on the sieving.

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic and onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and herbs, continue to simmer for 5 minutes until the tomatoes soften. Add a little water if too dry. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Add passata, bring to a quick boil and turn off the heat.

2. Pour this over hot, freshly cooked pasta (I used penne) and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese and/or chilli flakes. Buon appetito!


  1. Lovely photos, Ju! I need to start forcing myself to eat, too. This is a great dish for that. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just bought some tomatoes, and I have one tomato about to expire, so I could definitely make this.

  2. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. Share the same sentiments as you for the morning part, struggling to wake up.
    My kids love tomatoes and anything tomato.

    Have a great week ahead as we start our engines..

  3. Lovely recipe, of course I would always approve of Pasta :) Also have to say your photography is amazing, looks professional! Wonderful!

  4. Great pics! Pasta is one of the most convenient yet wholesome meal with the right ingredients.

  5. Haha I guess after 4 weeks of holidays, who would want to go back to school! Too much fun already and now back to the grind stone. The pasta looks delicious .. and love the pictures.

  6. This is one of my favorite ways to eat pasta - simple but so flavorful. Gorgeous photos. Oh my, I wish I had the problem of having to force myself to eat!! Yeah, that is not one of my many issues ... lol.

  7. I love simple pasta dish like this, too. (And the other one is roasted capsicum sauce)

    School holiday? Tell me about it. My teenager sister is stirring up a storm at home lol

  8. Im always on the look out for easy tasty pasta recipes and this one just fits the bill. Thanks for sharing this one..It looks GREAT!!

  9. i just had pasta this morning. my tuition kids were looking forward to school. i guess cuz they are lower primary. when it comes to secondary school kids, it's a different issue altogether. :) pretty pasta shot!:D

  10. A simple pasta tomato sauce for me, anytime, madam!

  11. What a fabulous looking lunch! One of my favorite things to eat as well!
    Ju your pics are simply perfect!
    Love them!