Sometimes you just want something simple for dinner, and this Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce stirred through some spaghetti is about as simple as it gets. No need for any extra ingredients, although a little parmesan and black pepper on top goes a long way.
One of the things I have learnt from my trips to Italy is that everyone outside of Italy really over complicates Italian food, and I am definitely guilty of this too. You only have to look at how many toppings we put on our pizza, or how many different ingredients we add to our pasta dishes to see this. In Italy, their food tends to be much more simple, and I think it is tastier because of it.
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Another thing that really stands out in Italy when it comes to their food is the quality of their ingredients. Only the best quality ingredients are used in their dishes and you can certainly taste that. That is something that is really important to us too, and I think good quality ingredient are worth paying for.
On the theme of good quality ingredients, I am excited to share something with you all! I have teamed up with Cirio as their blogger ambassador to show you all the amazing ways that you can use their tomato products. Chopped tomatoes, passata and tomato paste feature in the majority of my recipes and dominates the flavour of so many of my dishes, so I think that it is important that it is good quality, and we always choose Cirio.
The quality of Cirio’s preserves comes from the exceptional quality of the 100% Italian raw produce and the extreme care we take throughout the growing, picking, processing and packaging process.
Quality controls are carried out in accordance with the Quality Assurance System and vigorous analysis is conducted throughout the entire production process; from the samples taken in the field before the harvest, to those taken on arrival at the production plant, right through to the finished product. This is what we mean when we say tracked “from seed to fork”.
Also, I want to show people that there is so much more that you can do with Cirio products than just make pasta dishes with them. This is a year long project, with over 30 recipes, so you will be seeing curries, Spanish dishes, Mexican feasts, salads, Middle Eastern food and so much more – all with a focus on simplicity, to keep it in line with traditional Italian cooking. Don’t worry, there will be a lot of Italian dishes too though.
If you walk down the Italian aisle in any supermarket, you will be overwhelmed by the choice of pasta sauces you can buy. But here’s an idea, don’t buy any of them. Try making it yourself to not only save you money, but it’s the healthier choice too. A pasta sauce should have very few ingredients and the store bought ones are just loaded with salt and sugar.
This sauce tastes great just over pasta, used in a spaghetti bolognese, or even used as the base for a pizza. You can also make a big batch of it and freeze it to use as and when you want.
– Half an Onion, diced
– 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
– 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
– 1 tbsp dried oregano
– 250g of Cirio passata
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1) Cook the onion and garlic in a little oil until softened.
2) Add the passata sauce and herbs and simmer for 10 minutes.
3) Stir through cooked spaghetti and top with parmesan.
Nutritional Information – Per person for just the sauce:
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**This recipe was commissioned by Cirio, however all opinions are my own**