Italians say pasta al pomodoro ( spaghetti /pasta/ with tomato sauce) is the best dish ever. It is a comfort food. I agree, I do. It is simple, not time consuming, yet one of the best dishes in Italy. Every bite gives you a balanced flavor and freshness which according to my opinion any kind of meal should have.
I am trying to teach my daughter what a good and healthy food is, in the process create a positive memory through food which I believe is incredibly powerful. Almost for every bodies comfort food is the one they are used to eat as a child. A food which has good memories with family, relatives and friends. A food that they would have any time of the day.
My favorite comfort food (as silly as it may sound) is a simple fresh home made bread with a flavorful tea. Now this might seem silly, like I said, but the memory that I have with it is incredibly amazing. I can still smell the fresh bread, the warmth of our house my mother’s lovely smile, my father, my sisters and my brothers all around enjoying our silly tea and bread. So I am trying to teach my daughter the value that a comfort food might have in a family.
The spaghetti sauce is hearty, with just the right thickness to top any kind of pasta. It’s not too acidic thanks to the sugar and a medley of herbs and is loaded with flavor. I like to garnish my plate with a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese, a sprinkle of chopped parsley and a few torn leaves of fresh basil. If you feel like it a dash of red pepper flakes on top of your pasta will give you a nice kick.
- 500 grams of dry spaghetti
- 1 red onion chopped finely
- 2 teaspoon chilly pepper flakes/ chilly powder
- 200 grams peeled tomatoes cut in to small pieces
- 300 gram tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 fresh garlic finely chopped
- Freshly chopped parsley
- 3 basil leaves chopped and some more for decoration
- Good quality olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh grated cheese
- Salted boiling water for the pasta
- Cook the onion with a little bit of oil until soft and transparent. It would take about 5-7 minutes
- When the onion is cooked add the chilly pepper flakes/ chilly powder and mix well, If it tends to burn add a little bit of hot water, cook for another 5-7 minutes
- Then add the peeled tomatoes and the tomato sauce. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Cook the spaghetti al dente ( when it still has a bite to it)
- Add the sugar, the garlic and the chopped basil leaves, stir well and leave to cook for another 3 minutes
- Drain the pasta, add it directly to the delicious sauce ( a little bit of pasta water would make it even succulent) and mix together.
- Still on the heat, put in some grated cheese mix again about a minute
- Take out on your plate sprinkle some more cheese, basil leaves on top and a drizzle of olive oil. ENJOY