Monday, June 27, 2011


Sometimes you just need a big old bowl of simple spaghetti. Like when you are starving after not eating all day. Or if you have a horrible migraine and have carb cravings. All of these applied to me yesterday.

I used all of the tomatoes I had on hand, even my oven roasted ones. They work great because they have such an intense tomato flavor.

I sauteed them in a few tablespoons of olive oil.

I diced up about 6 garlic cloves and added them to the tomatoes.

After the tomatoes softened, I added 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes.

This only needs to cook about 20 minutes or so. This is such a simple recipe.

I put a tablespoon of anchovy paste in a small bowl.

Then mixed it with some of the sauce and stirred it into the pot.

Boil spaghetti until al dente in salted water. Save 2-3 cups of pasta water before draining.

I used my submersion blender to get a smooth sauce. You can taste it for seasoning but remember the spaghetti will be salty as will be the pasta water you will be adding to the finished recipe.

Mix the drained spaghetti into the sauce.

Add a bunch of chopped fresh basil and some Parmesan cheese. Stir it all together adding some of the pasta water until all of the pasta is coated and not too thick.

So simple but so satisfying! No fuss, just good stuff!