simple vegetarian pasta;

Pasta is a miracle; it should be declared as a wonder of the world, one of the most versatile ingredients available can be served as an entree or main course just allow more or less per person. In keeping with the onion, carrot & celery theme, I thought it would be most appropriate to post a simple vegetarian pasta that can be prepared as a family meal with time and change to spare;

Ingredients;

1 small onion

1 small carrot

1 small celery stalk

1 large clove of garlic

1 generous pinch of oregano

2 x 400 grams canned whole peeled tomatoes or crushed or diced

1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil

salt & pepper

500 grams of pasta your choice – I suggest rigatoni or tagliatelle

grated parmesan cheese

optional;

use hand full of fresh Basil leaves instead of oregano;

add a cup of cooked pea’s;

add a pinch of hot chilli seeds;

preparation;

chop the onion, carrot & celery

crush or finely chop the garlic

crush the whole peeled tomatoes ( you can use a manual or electric food processor or simply put in a suitable size bowl and crush them roughly with a potato masher)

cooking;

add the olive oil to a casserole pot;

heat the olive until medium hot;

add the chopped ingredients including the crushed garlic;

add the oregano;

add a pinch of salt/pepper;

add other optional ingredients;

cook the chopped vegetables until they have softened slightly;

add the whole peeled or crushed tomatoes;

add another pinch of salt/pepper;

bring to boil;

lower to a simmer;

put the lid on the pot with the lid slightly open using a wooden spoon;

cook for at least 20 minutes;

in the meantime put on a pot to cook the pasta ( please refer to pasta page for more pasta cooking tips);

once the sauce is cooked you are ready to cook the pasta in well salted boiling water;

serving;

drain the pasta;

put the drained pasta back into the pasta pot;

ladle at least a third of the sauce over the pasta and stir through;

serve into bowls;

top each bowl with some extra sauce;

top with freshly grated parmesan;

some crusty bread to mop up the sauce from the bottom of the plate;

enjoy with a glass of your favourite wine;

Buon Appetito;

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