A plate of delicious pasta or a droolsome pizza is a sight for the sore eyes! That said, makes me want to indulge into one. So dinner tonight will be Pasta (Spaghetti) to be precise. 😛
How do you like your Pasta to be? I like mine loaded with veggies and a good sauce that goes with it. I’m not very big on white sauce, however I love the various red coloured sauces- Arrabbiata, Marinara, Pomidoro, Red Alfredo, to name a few.
The one that I want to share with you all today is a very simple recipe for the easiest red pasta sauce to be made at home. You can easily use this recipe to even substitute a typical pizza sauce, probably you’d just need to simmer this on the stove for another 15-20 mins to give it a more solid consistency.
So now moving to the recipe,
Roasted Red Pasta/Pizza Sauce :
1 large sized Red Bell Pepper
2 big Roma Tomatoes
handful of basil leaves
3-4 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp of Mixed dried italian seasoning
1/4 tsp Red chilli Flakes
salt to taste
2 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used the spray)
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
Wash and deseed the red pepper and roughly cut into dices. Wash and cut the tomatoes lenghtwise into 4 parts. Peel the garlic cloves and keep aside.
Now line a baking sheet tray with Aluminium foil to lessen the afterwork of cleaning it up, place the tomatoes, pepper and garlic cloves on the foil and spray enough cooking olive oil and sprinkle little salt and italian seasoning. Preheat the oven to 375f for about 10 mins and place this tray in the oven for 1 & 1/2 hour.
Now if you don’t have Olive oil spray, you can put these all in a big glass bowl, add 2 tbsp of olive oil, italian seasoning, salt and mix well, then arrange on the tray to bake.
Place the tray on the top most rack of the oven, after an hour and a half, these would be beautifully roasted and charred.
The kitchen shall be filled with this gorgeous aroma of burnt garlic and charred peppers and tomatoes, these realease their own natural sweet juices while getting roasted so it is completely optional to add honey for that extra bit of sweetness.
Let it cool. Now blitz it all in a mixer, add basil leaves too. Once it’s all pureed, take a heavy bottom pan and on medium flame, let it simmer for another 10-15 minutes till it thickens a bit. Add more salt and chilli flakes. Lastly, add honey if you wish to.
Roasted Red sauce is ready to be used for making a lipsmacking Pasta.
If you wish to add a bit of heavy cream or half a cup parmesan cheese to it, feel free!
i wanted to keep it light, so I did not. Although I will add cheese to the spaghetti this evening! What’s a pasta without cheese, afterall! 😀
So next time don’t buy a jar of pasta/pizza sauce loaded with preservatives, because you have this easy peasy recipe handy.
Enjoy making this and keep me posted, will look forward to your feedback.