My favourite at all times dish is pasta al pomodoro or pasta in tomato sauce called in Italian Passata di pomodoro.
This is the Italians favourite pasta sauce especially in the south of Italy where the strong sun produces beautiful sweet tomatoes, full of taste and of a bright red colour.
My mum makes passata every summer. She picks the tomatoes when they are very ripe and makes enough sauce to last all winter. Passata is then stored in glass jars, sealed and boiled for 10 minutes or so. This will make it last for a long time so that you can enjoy the flavours of summer even when it is snowing outside! All you need is ripe tomatoes, a few leafs of basil and a touch of olive oil to make the most delicious pasta sauce Italians have invented!
- Prep Time : 45 minutes
- Cook Time : 60 minutes
Chop the tomatoes, put them in a colander and let them drain of the excess water removing their seeds
Put them in a large pot and cook over a gentle heat for about 1 hour
With a meshed strainer or with a mill remove the skins and let the sauce drip into a smaller pot
And it is all done! Now you can store the passata in glass jars adding a few leafs of basil or you can freeze it if you prefer
When I make pasta I usually heat some passata up in a sauce pan with a few leafs of basil and I add a couple of spoons of olive oil
Enjoy with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese