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Homemade Pasta Sauce

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Ever since i’ve started to make my own pasta sauce, i’ve never looked back! Never again would i buy bottled pasta sauce! Making your own sauce is not only easy, we use the freshest ingredients and to our liking. I was telling Ben that there wouldn’t be much difference to eating out if we used bottled sauces for convenience. This recipe is the result of watching many cooking shows, and a couple years of me tweaking around with the quantities and different types of ingredients. The little tips and tricks i learnt here and there from tv, seeing how real italians make their pasta sauces has really helped me. Finally, i have a recipe that i am happy to pen down with. This sauce is fresh, light, at the same time slightly creamy in taste, not too thick but not too runny! Give this easy recipe a shot and you will never need to buy pasta sauce again! Even my fussy Ben gave this a thumbs up, it’s really good!

Ingredients:

  1. 6 handfuls of spiral pasta or any other types
  2. 1 medium onion, diced
  3. 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  4. 300g minced beef
  5. 170g/6oz pure tomato paste
  6. 2 tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  7. 1 small carrot, diced or cut in strips
  8. 1 cup chicken stock
  9. 3/4 cup fresh milk (you may use all chicken stock only but milk gives this sauce a slightly creamy flavour)
  10. 2 tsp herbs (i used oregano and rosemary)
  11. salt and pepper, to taste
  12. knob of butter

Method:

  1. Cook pasta in boiling water for about 11mins until al dente. Drain but set aside 1tbsp of reserve pasta water.
  2. In a hot pan, saute onions and garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
  3. Add in mince beef and lightly brown.
  4. Add in tomato paste and mix well, followed by tomatoes and carrots.
  5. Add in chicken stock and milk. Bring to boil. Mix in herbs.
  6. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10mins until thickened.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Turn to medium heat and add in pasta and reserved water. Mix well.
  9. Turn off the heat and add in a knob of butter to cream up the sauce.
  10. You may top with shredded cheese and bake slightly until cheese is melted (optional).

 

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