Quick and Easy Tomato Basil Sauce (from Catelli Smart)



Estimated Reading Time 2 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg ( 454 g ) CATELLI SMART™ Spaghetti
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 can ( 28 oz/796 mL ) whole tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp ( 45 mL ) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup ( 125 mL ) finely chopped basil
  • 1/2 tsp ( 2 mL ) each salt and freshly ground pepper (approx.)

Step 1 : Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, pulse onion and garlic in food processor until very finely chopped; remove and reserve. Pulse the tomatoes in the same food processor until smooth.

Step 2 : Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 8 minutes or until heated though. Stir in basil; season with salt and pepper (adjust to taste). Serve over spaghetti.

Tips

  1. Using a food processor to prepare the vegetables allows them to cook faster and saves preparation time. If you don’t have a food processor, grate the onion and garlic on a box grater.
  2. Customize this basic sauce to your family’s taste by adding your choice of finely chopped fresh herbs or vegetables.
  3. Make a speedy meat sauce by browning 500 g (1 lb) lean ground beef, veal, chicken or turkey with the onions and garlic.
  4. Add additional lean protein by stirring 500 mL (2 cups) cooked, chicken breast strips, sliced steak or cooked large shrimp into the sauce to heat through. 

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