Comfort food

So obviously I’m not Italian. Nor do I have an Italian grandmother. But sometimes a little homemade pasta goes a long way to making one feel good.

Home made pasta

Tomato sauce recipe:

Take a good 8-10 good sized tomatoes. Blanch quickly in boiling salted water to make the skins easy to peel off. Squeeze the tomatoes to get rid of a good amount of juice and seeds, then place into hot pot already seasoned with olive oil. Break up the tomatoes with a potato masher.

In another pot, 1 cup of olive oil, some crushed red pepper, and about 10 cloves of garlic, and a lot of fresh basil – heat up over very low heat. You’re making infused olive oil here.

After about 30 minutes of the tomatoes reducing, strain the olive oil infusion into the sauce, keep stirring and keep on simmer. If the tomato sauce becomes dry, strain some of the juice from the earlier squeezing into the pot.

Cook off about 3 ounces of pasta per person in heavily salted water. In a heavy bottomed saute pan, first grill sausages, then after slicing the sausage, add the tomato mixture in, then the dripping wet pasta. Include a couple of tablespoons of the starchy pasta water. Mix. Combine. Serve with fresh basil and fresh Parmesan.

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3 Responses to Comfort food

  1. Dad says:

    sounds good and looks good, may be go easy on salt to make it healthier…when will you cook that for us?

  2. uzbekcelia says:

    When I read the title of the blog, I thought it was going to be about you pounding and rolling out dough, i.e. literally making the pasta from scratch. When I was in Canton, I was going to volunteer to make pasta dinner for my hosting uncle, but I ran out of time to find out where to get parmesan. And then I also realised that Cantonese wet markets don’t seem to carry basil.

  3. Terence says:

    @UzbekCelia – there’s a woman here in Shanghai who everyone calls the Arugula Lady (or the Avocado Lady) who has cornered the market on foreigners. She sells arugula, avocados, cheese, etc.

    http://phatsh.com/?p=353

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