Pasta with simple sauces
Often the simpler the food is cooked the tastier it is. For example, angels hair pasta with butter and cheese or spaghetti with olive oil, chili pepper and parmesan. Options are numerous. And here is a very simple sauce with zucchini and tomatoes. You will need:
2 garlic cloves
1 small chili pepper
come chopped rosemary leaves
1. Heat some olive oil in the frying pan and cook zucchini slices on medium heat for several minutes. Add the rosemary, chopped garlic and chili pepper. Warm everything through for the aromas to develop.
2. Add chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook on medium heat 7-10 minutes until extra liquid is evaporated. The sauce should not be watery.
3. Cook pasta according to instructions or, if you feel brave and not at all lazy, make your own pasta. The recipe for fresh pasta is here. Drain the pasta and pour some olive oil on it. Serve with the zucchini-tomatoe sauce, basil and parmesan.
Another very simple sauce for pasta is made with mushrooms. Often it's coked with cream, but since we are talking about simple sauces, let's do without it and make it healthier just as well. What we need is 500g of champinones, 2 small onions, couple of garlic cloves, parsley, thyme, a heaped tablespoon of flour, salt, pepper, olive oil. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add finely chopped onions and cook until they are transparent. Add chopped garlic and a tablespoon of thyme leaves, cook for another minute or so and add sliced mushrooms. Salt everything, stir well and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until the mushrooms take a caramel colour. Do not stir them anymore, just let them cook and open their earthy flavour. Add the flour and cook, now stirring, for a couple of minutes, then pour in a cup of water. Simmer for a further five minutes or so to get a thick aromatic sauce. Add chopped parsley, salt and freshly milled black pepper, mix everything together and remove from heat. This sauce goes well with homemade noodles. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.