Ever have it in your mind that you’re going to make this one dish for dinner on this day? And when that day comes you think “I don’t want to or feel like that now”? Well today was one of those days for me. I even told myself that I wasn’t going to falter and that I would move ahead with it. Well then my out came! I found that I didn’t have an ingredient on hand so there went that dinner plan. Oh darn! 😉
Over the weekend I went to the farmer’s market for the first time in weeks and bought one of everything. Except these tomatoes. I mean look at them. They’re perfect little romas!
They were incredible and I had to have many! I thought I’d make salsa with them but then felt a nice pasta dish would treat them right. Since I didn’t feel up to making the one dish (due to it being a little involved) I wanted something simple and time friendly. And then it hit me! I’d make a rustic tomato sauce that I could put together while the pasta was cooking.
I gathered up my tomatoes, added an onion, couple cloves of garlic, and some basil leaves. I put a pot of water on to boil and got to work!
I washed the tomatoes and basil and chopped them up along with the onion and garlic. Then I put a pan on with olive oil and added some salt to the water. When salting water for pasta you’ll want to add quite a bit so that it tastes like salt water. Don’t worry though, the pasta doesn’t soak up as much of it as you may think.
Once the oil was heated I added the onion, garlic, salt and pepper and sautéed for a few minutes. Then I added the tomatoes and basil (more salt and pepper) and mixed it all up.
I let all of that cook together while the pasta boiled. Right before the pasta was done I added a half a cup of it’s water to the tomato medley to help thin it out a bit. I also dished out about a cup more before draining the pasta. You may need this later if the pasta seems too dry.
Then I just tossed the pasta right in the same pan with the tomatoes. Ended up adding in about half a cup more of pasta water and then served it up!
I went to top it off with freshly grated parmesan and then realized…that was the ingredient I was missing for the other dish! Ah well, it was still delicious! Even though I didn’t have it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Top the pasta with it and have some for me!
Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce
1 ½ lb roma tomatoes
1 cup onion
2 cloves garlic
¼ cup fresh basil
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb bucatini or other pasta
⅓ cup salt, for pasta water
Salt and pepper
Put pot of water on and add salt to it. While waiting for water to boil chop tomatoes, onion, and basil. Heat oil and add onion and garlic. Cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add in tomatoes and let simmer while pasta cooks. Add the basil to the tomato mixture just before pasta is done as well as ½ cup pasta water. Drain pasta reserving 1 cup pasta water. Add pasta to pan with tomatoes and mix to combine. Add more pasta water if dry. Serve with parmesan.