Meg's Valentine's Day tomato and basil pasta

    20 min

    This is such a simple yet delicious dish that can be thrown together in 15 minutes. Don't waste money on 'all in one' pasta sauce jars when you can create the authentic Italian experience with fresh ingredients. This is the perfect Valentine's Day meal, according to Mr Stone!


    Sussex, England, UK
    2 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
    • 1 handful fresh basil leaves
    • 200g pasta
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • Pinch sugar
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:20min 

    1. Heat the oil over a medium heat in a non-stick pan. Fry the onion for 3 minutes. Chop the garlic and add to the fried onion, saute for 2 minutes.
    2. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes. Throw in half the basil and stir.
    3. Heat a large pan of water and add 1/2 a tablespoon of salt. When the water begins to boil, add the pasta and cook for 10 to 11 minutes.
    4. Add the remaining salt and sugar to the tomato sauce and stir well.
    5. Drain the pasta and add to the tomato sauce. Garish with extra basil leaves and serve with grated Parmesan. Delicious!

    Parmesan cheese

    Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.

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