Pasta is a very economical main meal ingredient. Most shops have a variety of shapes available very cheaply and it is so versatile. This is a basic sauce recipe which costs a fraction of the price of ready made jars and tastes better too. It can be jazzed up in many ways – see suggestions at the end.
A little olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 – 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 can (approx. 400g) tomatoes, chopped
2 Tablespoons of tomato puree
1 or 2 Tablespoons of oregano or mixed herbs
1 cup of veg. stock or water
salt to taste
Cook pasta according to the instructions on the packet. While it is cooking fry the onion and garlic in the oil for a few minutes until softened. Add the tomatoes, puree, stock or water, salt and herbs and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
That is the basic sauce – you can add anything you like to it. Any vegetables (see which are on offer this week in the shops?) chopped and added with the tomatoes etc. soya mince for a more traditional bolognese type sauce. Beans, sweetcorn, peas.
A sweet and sour sauce is easy to make also – add a can of pineapple pieces in pineapple juice and leave out the herbs. A little vinegar is added too and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Also see: Chunky Purple Pasta