Thursday, 14 October 2010

Pasta - a budget's best friend!

I love pasta – it is hands down my favourite kind of food.  I’d happily eat it every other night for the rest of my life.  Had a lovely pasta last night – so fresh tasting and cheap!  We are on a money saving drive right now.  I’ve been put on a tight budget.  And pasta is the perfect budget food i reckon.  Here’s what i did (and excuse the confusing amounts – i don’t measure very well!)

Spicy Tomato and Smoked Bacon Pasta Sauce (For 2 – 3)

Can chopped tomatoes
Tablespoon tomato puree
2 large cloves garlic chopped
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying and drizzle for serving
3 rashers smoked streaky bacon (chopped)
1 onion (finely chopped)
Large glass of white wine
2 red chillies sliced (1 with seeds removed)
¼ teaspoon sugar
Ripped fresh basil leaves
Salt and generous amount of course ground black pepper

Fry chopped onion for 1 minute in olive oil, add streaky bacon and fry till cooked, add garlic and 1 chilli with seeds fry for further 30 seconds and then add wine and bring to boil.  After 30 seconds add tomatoes, puree and sugar.  Simmer for 5 minutes then add remaining chilli, and salt, pepper and basil to taste.  Add a generous glug of olive oil and serve over your favourite pasta. Mmmmm.  Extra tasty with fresh grated parmesan, chopped parsley and a pinch of extra black pepper.

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