Saturday, 24 August 2013

raw tomato sauce for pasta and meatballs.

I often have a pack of organic meatballs (similar to the type you get in Ikea) in the fridge, they are so easy to zap in the microwave and I usually serve with spaghetti or rice or even in sub rolls with lots of salad, and everyone loves them and they are cheap, tasty and filling and not too full of silly nonsense. 

If I have a glut of tomatoes that need to be used, I often blitz up this sauce for pasta, and that makes this meal ready in no time at ALL.

Put the water on to boil.  Add your pasta when the water is ready. I don't have to tell you how to make pasta.  Yes, you can do this with gluten free pasta, any shape of pasta, wholemeal pasta - in fact I often use a mix of basics and wholemeal spaghetti.

Put all the tomatoes into the beaker for your stick blender, or into the jug of your blender, or bowl of your food processor.  Add 2-5 cloves of garlic, and at least a teaspoon, maybe more, of salt, depending on how many tomatoes there are.  Blitz it all up.  If you have some basil, add it if you feel like it.  A drop of nice olive oil and maybe of cider vinegar, or a pinch of brown sugar can all add a little zing.  Maybe you like spicy, in which case some chilli - powder, sauce, Tabasco, whatever will be good here too.

Pour the meatballs into a microwaveable dish and heat for as long as the packet says.

Drain the pasta, and serve the 3 together.  If you have some green veg you want to eat too, that would be nice, but you won't die if you don't have any.  Enjoy, it shouldn't take more than about 15 mins to get to the table.

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