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Quick Greek tomato sauce with basil. Ideal for pasta, or homemade pizza.


Quick Greek tomato sauce with basil

Quick Greek tomato sauce with basil


 Oh, I'm late home today, it's already one o clock, and we usually eat at two, I've not even thought about lunch!


After putting on my thinking cap, I came up with spaghetti and tomato sauce.


The sauce is quick and easy to make, and the spaghetti only needs about seven minutes to boil, it would be ready with time to spare.


I gathered the ingredients together and got going.



Ingredients for tomato sauce
Ingredients for tomato sauce


Ingredients for tomato sauce


1 carton tomato puree

1 cup water

2 grated fresh tomatoes (optional)

2 chopped onions

1 clove chopped garlic

2 teaspoons dried Basil From Greece

Salt & pepper

Fresh basil to serve

Grated cheese


Method



Put the oil into a saucepan and heat up before adding the chopped onion and garlic.

Saute this for about five minutes and add the tomato puree and water.


(At this stage, because I had two rather squashy tomatoes, I grated them and added them to the sauce. I never throw soft tomatoes away, I grate them - half horizontally and grate, using the large holes on grater. Discard skins, and add to soups and sauces.
If not needed straight away, keep it in a jar in the fridge, it will keep for up to a week)


Bring the sauce to the boil, lower heat to a simmer, add the dried basil and salt & pepper.


Simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.


It will be ready now but can be simmered for up to an hour, it will be a thicker sauce, I prefer it like this but when you don't have time, well, you just don't have time! 



Tomato sauce simmering
Tomato sauce simmering



While the sauce is simmering, put plenty of water to boil in a large saucepan for the spaghetti, adding a teaspoon of salt.

Any pasta, fresh or dried can be used, the quickest is spaghettini number 10.

It only takes seven minutes of boiling.

While the water is coming to the boil grate some delicious, Greek, kefalotiri cheese.


Grate it fresh, with an old fashioned grater, never buy ready-grated or grate it in a processor: it is much better; believe me!



Grated cheese
Grated cheese


My extractor fan is on the blink and as spaghetti needs to be cooked at a real rolling boil things were getting rather steamy in the kitchen!




Cooking up a storm
Cooking up a storm

Once the spaghetti is ready, drain it, and rinse quickly with cold water, to stop any further cooking, and to prevent the spaghetti becoming too soft.

A tip here, leave a tiny amount of water with the spaghetti when putting it back into the pan or bowl, it keeps it from drying and becoming sticky.

Here's something on my kitchen wish list: a proper spaghetti boiler from Lagostina 


Lagostina spaghetti boiler
Lagostina spaghetti boiler




It's nice and tall and has its own strainer, it can be used for cooking vegetables as well.
This is how I strain my spaghetti .

In a horrible plastic colander!
It does the job, but it's not very chic is it?

Plastic colander
Plastic colander


Serve the spaghetti with a good helping of the tomato sauce, sprinkle with fresh basil and grated cheese.

Voila!

 A hot tasty meal, cooked in no time!


Spaghetti with Quick Greek tomato sauce
Spaghetti with Quick Greek tomato sauce

 This delicious sauce is perfect for freezing, whip up a large batch, eat half, freeze half, as I do, this way, you will always have a basic tomato sauce on hand, great for homemade pizza!



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