recipe by Lori Ross
For 1 lb. of pasta or Makes about 2 cups.
1 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps tomato paste
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 - 3 leaves fresh shredded basil or 1/2 tsp dried basil
Mix tomatoes with tomato paste. Simmer, uncovered, until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 25 – 35 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper; just before serving, stir in basil and oil. Toss with pasta and pass the grated cheese.
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Amatriciana – Sautee 7 oz. chopped bacon or pancetta with the onion and garlic then proceed with Mother’s sauce, adding ½ cup red wine to sauce and paste. Omit red pepper.
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