So the other week when I was home alone for dinner I of course had to cook myself pasta. It's simple easy and why resist one of your favourite foods when there is no one eating but you?!
I picked up my favourite food memoir My Berlin Kitchen by Luisa Weiss who writes the blog 'The Wednesday Chef' (such a great blog! check it out!) because when I was reading this book practically every recipe she has in there I wanted to make that then and there but reading till 1am because you can't put it down then going to make a big bowl of pasta for yourself probably isn't the best idea so I've tagged the book like a crazy women and one recipe that I thought would be great for when I'm home alone was her Tomato Sauce with Carrots and Onions. It also was the only ingredients I had left in the fridge so it was fate I say.
Sounds simple you say? It is and that's whats so great about it. It comes with her family story abut her and her father and I remember when I still lived with my patents and my mum had her own version of a tomato sauce she made so it kind of hit home a little. Plus who always has a few carrots, onions and a can of tomatoes floating around their fridge and pantry right before payday? I always do.
Luisa gives you a tip when making this and thats - "to let the onion cook thoroughly in the olive oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. This mellows the sometimes metallic bite of the onion and adds sweetness to the sauce."
The basic recipe (adapted ever so slightly) is heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a small/medium pot, add a whole garlic clove and a diced brown onion and cook that for about 10 minutes or so until the onion has gone really soft. Then add your diced carrot and cook for a little longer. Add a can of diced tomatoes, a pinch of salt and chilli flakes and bring to a simmer. Cook your pasta until al dente, stir sauce and pasta together (fishing out the garlic clove) then serve with a generous serving of parmesan cheese.
So simple and tasty and definitely a great store cupboard/end of pay week staple!