Of course pasta! Quick nutritious and fortunately for me loved by both.(Well done mummy and daddy for introducing them to all kinds of food including chilli, curries and pasta, it makes nanny's job so much easier!)
All I needed was pasta, tick, pasta sauce (OK for once a good organic one out of a jar will do!) Not so, the cupboard was bare! I had fresh tomatoes, tinned tomatoes and tomato paste but no ready made tomato sauce.
Now all the recipes I had used in the past called for fresh tomato sauce to be cooked slowly and at length, so I resorted to the trusty Internet to find 'the best, tastiest, quickest tomato sauce for pasta'.
Now this is where I am a bit embarrassed because here there should be a link to the recipe which I sort of followed with a few minor adjustments, but I can't find it now, so I apologise to whoever it was that helped me out and gave me the most perfect ( in my opinion, and for my taste) tomato sauce recipe.
Now the original recipe as I recall was made as follows
2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion
3 desertspoons of soft brown sugar
2 large tins chopped tomatoes
1 tsp each of oregano, marjoram and basil
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the oil, chop onion finely and then throw everything in the pan and cook on a medium heat for 25 to 30 minutes
I read some of the reviews and whilst it generally got good reports, some thought it too sweet and some too runny.
Now I like my sauce hearty and with plenty of garlic so my version went something like this....
1 large finely red onion
1 finely chopped red pepper
4 plump cloves garlic crushed
1 desertspoon sugar
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 good desertspoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon mixed herbs ( these latter two were what I had in the cupboard!)
1 bay leaf
Heat the oil and gently cook the onion and garlic until soft but not browned (about 5 mins)
Add all the other ingredients and cook for a further 25 to 30mins stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf.
Cook your choice of pasta and pour over the sauce and enjoy.....Pasta heaven...
and the boys didn't leave a bit...........
I have since done this with fresh vine tomatoes (home grown for flavour) in place of the tinned tomatoes, have added a teaspoon of chilli flakes and added chicken and both have been delicious.
Now I am sure many of you will have your favourite recipe and I would love to hear of them, especially if they are quick and easy.
Hope you have all had a good weekend, we made a bit more progress with the decorating, did a car boot and got rid of some