Whenever tomatoes are in season, I will always try to make a few batches of fresh tomato sauce to go with some freshly cooked pasta. Simple, healthy, and yet delicious. I just love fresh homemade tomato pasta sauce, who doesn’t right? My favorite recipe is definitely from Wolfgang Puck’s cookbook. The fresh sauce is luscious and buttery, just perfect with any pasta of your choice. An easy weekend brunch treat perhaps? Enjoyed with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay? Happiness I think.. :-)
Recipe adapted from Live, Love, Eat: The Best of Wolfgang Puck
Angel Hair Pasta With Tomato Sauce
5 Cups My Favorite Tomato Sauce
1 lb Dried Angel Hair Pasta
½ Cup Julienne of Fresh Basil
½ Cup Fresh Basil, finely sliced
Fresh Flat Leaves Parsley
My Favorite Tomato Sauce
¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Small Onions, peeled, trimmed, and minced
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
4 lbs Roma Tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 Cups Chicken Stock
12 to 16 Fresh Basil Leaves, washed and dried
12 Tbsp (1 ½ sticks) Unsalted Butter, cut into small pieces
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomato paste and then the tomatoes, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, and then pour in the chicken stock. Simmer briskly until the sauce is thick, 20 to 30 minutes. For a finer consistency, pass the sauce through a wire-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan.
Stack the basil leaves, roll them up lengthwise, and cut across the roll very thinly sliced. Stir the basil into the sauce. Whisk in the butter piece by piece, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the manufacturer instructions, or until al dente.
At the same time, bring the tomato sauce almost to a boil, stir in the julienne basil and as soon as the paste is done, drain it and transfer immediately to the tomato sauce, stirring in the pasta. Cook the sauce and pasta together for 1 minute.
Divide the pasta into equal portions. Spoon the remaining sauce from the pan over the pasta and garnish with the basil and, or with flat leaf parsley.
Serves 4 to 6.