I’m sorry if you begin to read this and are expecting the details of some sort of banquet but its not going to be that kind of dinner. Yesterday Ross came home from university. I haven’t seen him since January and I like to give him his choice of dinner on his first night home. So, what does he choose? Something exotic and complicated? No. Pasta. With tomato sauce. His absolute favourite meal – ever! When he’s at home it features on the menu every week. This is definitely a store cupboard dinner – apart from the basil – I just can’t keep my basil plants going for more than a couple of days at this time of year. I seem to glance their way and they wilt.
what you need – and it’s not much
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper
freshly grated parmesan – lots
Put a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on a low heat and cook the garlic without colouring. Add the tinned tomatoes along with a couple of teaspoons of sugar, a slug of balsamic vinegar (I use Belazu because it’s what I have in the cupboard and it is delicious, but don’t mortgage the house to buy it) and some salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently for about 45 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Just before serving add some fresh basil. Serve with your choice of pasta. I suspect I use fusilli so that I don’t have tomato sauce splattered over my (usually white) t-shirt!