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SPEEDY TOMATO & BASIL SPAGHETTI

July 24, 2011

In a spaghetti mood following on from my last post on meatballs with homemade tomato sauce.

Been so busy lately trying to juggle a million gazillion things as well as try and lead a healthy life. One of my favourite quick meals is to panfry flavoursome tomatoes and garlic, which are in season right now, and then mix with freshly cooked spaghetti.  Perfect for a quick, healthy and cheap meal. This is soooooo pleasing to eat outside especially out in the cool and refreshing summer evening air in the garden.

Sometimes, I can’t be bothered to cook, even though I adore cooking. All you want is a quick stomach quencher like on a night like tonight. I cooked this meal a few hours ago after a boring and tedious day at work, I know, what a pain in the bum on a gorgeous sunny Sunday. Seriously, choosing fresh and flavoursome ingredients really help to make this simple dish shine.

Now all I needed to do was to buy a bottle of wine to go with my meal, but alas I wasn’t that organised, never mind…!

Speedy Tomato & Basil Spaghetti

Serves 1

100 g spaghetti

6-9 cherry tomatoes, depending on the size or choose your own favourite type

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 tbsp mild olive oil

A pinch of sugar

finely grated Italian hard cheese, such as parmesan

a small handful of basil leaves

salt and freshly cracked black pepper

extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions in a large pan of salted water.
  2. Preheat a small frying pan on a medium heat and add the mild olive oil to the pan. Leave to heat up for 1-2 min.
  3. Quarter the tomatoes and add to the pan with the garlic, stir frequently and fry for a few minutes. Add a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper to season.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and add to the tomatoes. Mix the pasta gently into the tomatoes and serve on a warmed plate.
  5. Sprinkle the cheese over the spaghetti. Roughly tear up basil leaves and scatter over. Drizzle a little extra-virgin olive oil over the spaghetti and eat straightaway!
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