06-12-2009, 10:44 AM
Halfway to 2L
Join Date: May 2004
Location: louisville, ky
My Ride: 2010 335i
Originally Posted by JJR4884
thats right, laura rewarded me with her brown eye, it was delicious
I have tried cumin in tomato sauce, I don't care for it much.
We make pasta at least once a week, I have a really quick and inexpensive recipe.
First thing I do is get a pot on for the pasta, I always use a lot of water, so it takes a while to get going. Also remember to salt the water liberally.
For the sauce, I let the cans of tomato be my limiting agents, so this is for one can of tomatoes....
one medium onion, sometimes I use a red onion-- diced
about five good cloves of garlic smashed and chopped- love garlic
sometimes some carrot diced
all of this goes in the pot with a good amount of evoo, more than I would use if I were just cooking the onions/garlic/carrot since the oil will flavor the rest of the sauce. If I am adding meat to the sauce I add it now to cook with the onions.
Once this is going well, I will throw in some crushed red pepper flakes and dried spices. The Fresh Market sells an italian seasoning mix that is rosemary, parsley, oregano, basil and marjoram. I like to get those in early because the hot oil really opens the spices up an fries them a bit, and in return they flavor the oil. It really helps to disperse the flavors evenly throughout the sauce.
Then I dump in a can of crushed tomatoes, san marzano if I have them. Let the tomatoes cook a bit to round off the harsh edge of the flavor and to get the oil dispersed around. Many times I will add some alcohol, sometimes wine, sometimes vodka, to help with the alcohol soluble flavors of tomatoes- often overlooked.
By now, hopefully the pasta is a bit under perfect, so I will drain it and dump it into the sauce to let it finish up in the sauce.
This usually takes about 30-45 minutes in total, so it's pretty fast.
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