Monday, 12 August 2013

Pasta a la Sara

My love affair with pasta is well-documented.  Everyone who knows me can attest that I will choose pasta over any other dish, and if I had my way I would serve a variation of pasta every night of the week.  Funny enough, my Italian husband  and kids tire of it...

One meal that Carlo first made for me in the early days of our marriage was pasta topped with a simple sauce made from sauteed onions, chopped fresh tomatoes and a little olive oil and garlic.  It is by far the most delicious pasta I have ever had...nothing can compare to the delicate, yet rich flavour of this dish.

Every summer Carlo grows a vegetable garden in our backyard, with tomatoes, (hot) peppers, cucumbers and herbs.  Unfortunately there is not a lot of room for more - he has worked his gardening magic and landscaped it into a mini oasis - but we still look forward to the dog days of summer so we can harvest our "crop" and indulge in the fruits of his labours.

One year when we first moved in to this house, and the girls were very young, he planted a lot of tomatoes.  I had no idea what to do with all of them - mind you, Sara and I both love eating fresh tomatoes, and as a little girl Sara would munch on them like they were apples until her little cheeks would be bright red like a doll's painted-on cheeks.

So, I decided to use up these tomatoes and make Carlo's sauteed tomato and onion pasta.  The girls devoured it!  Sara especially loved it, and would ask for it time and time again.  Soon enough this dish became known as Pasta a la Sara.  

As we approach the middle of August and fresh tomatoes are readily available and inexpensive, Pasta a la Sara has re-emerged as a staple dinner, appearing on our table at least once every other week, and always quickly devoured with appreciation.  

The best part about this dish?  There are so many - it is economical, healthy, delicious and can be prepared and on your table in less than 30 minutes! Oh, and it's pareve (neither dairy nor meat) too!

From my family to yours, I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do.  

Until next time, I wish you a wonderful day filled with family, fun, friends and fantastic food.  B'Tayavon and Buon Appetito!

Dice your onions
Add diced onions and garlic to olive oil in large skillet
Dice your tomatoes
Add diced tomatoes to onion and garlic mixture in large skillet, saute
Keep cooking those tomatoes!
Toss and voila - pasta a la Sara!

Pasta a la Sara

  • 6 to 8 large tomatoes,cored and diced (12 if you're making a 950g bag of past
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and whole (or 1 tsp minced will work fine)
  • 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 500g package of pasta (any shape you prefer, although the sauce clings better to smaller shapes)
Put a pot of water on the stove to boil.  Heat olive oil on low-medium heat.  Make sure to use a large skillet/saucepan, because your sauce will end up in this pan.  Add diced onions and garlic and saute until translucent.  Then add tomatoes and salt, stirring occasionally.  Allow sauce to simmer for at least 15 minutes (longer if you like), then add drained pasta, toss and serve.

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