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Really easy, go with anything pasta sauce

on April 25, 2011

I bought some ravioli from the supermarket. Not the stuff you get in the tin, not even the boring, tastes of nothing fresh stuff – no this was the extra special stuff and you could taste the difference! And I was going to get some sauce to go with it but I looked at all of them and decided I could make all of them just as well, if not better.

So instead, I made a very simple, very ‘generally italian’ style sauce to go on top and it was delicious. It literally takes about 10-15 minutes to cook so it’s perfect with fresh pasta and if you’re starving. And as it’s just veges and herbs I can’t see there being many calories in it – although how much pasta you eat is entirely up to you! You can put this with pretty much anything though. You could use it to top grilled meat or on a jacket potato instead. You could add bacon or other cured meats to it, or even olives or other ‘mediterranean’ style things.

It’s just one of those basic sauces that’s a base for just about anything else – in fact its the start of a bolognaise sauce!

Italian style base sauce – for anything at all

Serves 2

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed (you could also add 1-2 chopped chillis here if you want it spicy)
  • 1/2 tin tomatoes, or 2-3 fresh tomatoes chopped, or passata (or even use a jar of pasta sauce – but add 1 tbsp tomato puree)
  • handful of chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • salt & pepper
  1. Heat the oil in the pan on a low heat. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic and fry over a low heat until softened – about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and increase the heat slightly. Mix well to make a sauce and allow the tomatoes to break down.
  3. When the sauce has thickened, add the herbs, stir well and pour over your desired accompaniment
  4. Voila – quick, easy, Italian style sauce for anything!
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