A simple but delicious sauce with tomato paste, olive oil, and garlic is what makes up this spring dish. Cook for about 10 minutes and serve over your favorite pasta. Add basil leaves or a grating of Parmesan cheese and you have the light and tasty spring dish. This is definitely one of my favorite dinner dish to prepare for my family and friends.
- 1 lb. dry pasta (any kind of pasta you prefer but I used spaghetti)
- ½ cup tomato paste
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 5-7 cloves garlic, minced
- Basil leaves or chopped chives
- Salt and pepper ( for seasoning )
- In a large saucepan, bring 2-3 quarts of water to a boil.
- Add the pasta into the pot, pour in a little bit of oil, and season the water with some salt.
- Once the pasta has softened down to al dente, turn the heat off. Take about ¼ to ½ cup of the pasta water, set it aside for a little while.
- Drain the pasta and set it, too, aside.
- Now, for the sauce: In a large saucepan over medium heat, pour in the oil. Add the garlic and sauté it for about 3-5 minutes or until it turns a little golden brown.
- Add the tomato paste and heat it up for 45-60 seconds. Reduce the heat to medium or medium low.
- Stir the tomato paste every 30-60 seconds so that it will not burn. Let it cook for about 5 more minutes.
- Once the tomato paste has sort of caramelized, it is time to gradually add water. Make sure that you are constantly stirring the mixture to avoid lumps and inconsistencies.
- Let the sauce simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Season it with some salt and pepper.
- Place the pasta in a serving dish. Pour the sauce all over the pasta and garnish it with some chives or basil.
- When cooking any pasta dish, we need to add oil (so that the noodles won’t stick to each other) and salt (adds a little flavor into the pasta), but you don’t want to add it too early or else the water will take more time to boil than usual. Instead, add the salt and oil ones the water is already boiling.
- Tomato paste is better than tomato sauce in pastas because it has the pure flavors of tomatoes.
- After draining the pasta, wash it with some cold water to minimize the heat from further cooking the pasta.
I wish you all great meals and happy times. Make a your favorite pasta tonight and do not forget to share with me some pics.
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