Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pasta Pomodoro

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp. fresh oregano
1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 lb spaghetti or linguine
Basil leaves
1/4 c. grated Grana Padano (or any other hard Italian cheese) 

1.  Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add garlic and saute until golden brown, 2 minutes.  
2.  Add tomatoes.  Simmer over very low heat for 30 mnutes, adding water by the 1/4 c. to keep sauce from becoming too thick.
3.  Season with salt and pepper and reserve. 
4.  Cook pasta in a large pot of heavily salted boiling water; reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water.  
5.  Add pasta to reserved tomato sauce in saucepan and finish cooking pasta, 2-3 minutes, adding 1/4 c. pasta water to moisten if necessary.
6.  Divide among 4 plates and garnish with basil leaves and grated cheese. 

**Absolutely simple and delicious!  Wonderful recipe and had everything in the pantry.  (I just used Parmesan since I was using things from the pantry.)

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