Thursday, November 3, 2011

Best Ever Italian Tomato Sauce

My husband has heard this many times before and is probably tired of hearing it again but the best pasta I have ever tasted was at a low key restaurant located by the beautiful lake Como in Italy. The reason I keep talking about this particular meal I guess is because I am astonished by how such a simple dish can taste so good. We are talking simple as in tomato sauce with spaghettini and I am left wondering why it has taken me well over three years to have a go and try to reconstruct the tomato sauce myself. Is it because I don't like the looks of anchovies, because I never have it at home, or because I can't deliver the complete scenery with lake Como in it? Who knows. The beauty with the anchovy in this recipe is that it completely dissolves in the juices from the tomato sauce leaving only the salty taste behind, as oppose to the not so appetising looks of the fillets. 

Best Ever Italian Tomato Sauce
4 small vine tomatoes, cut in wedges
1tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove, crushed and chopped
3 thin anchovy fillets, finely chopped
small handful of fresh parsley

Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan on medium heat and fry the tomatoes, for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and allow the tomatoes to get soft and mushy. Now add the garlic and the anchovies. Stir to make sure that the anchovies dissolves properly and then leave to simmer for a couple of minutes before turning the heat off. Chop up the parsley and scatter on top. Serves 1

Serve with spaghettini (very thin spaghetti) for the ultimate experience, or if you are a bit carb shy, go for quinoa, buckwheat noodles, or brown rice. 

This sauce is perfect for whenever you need a tomato base. Don't let the anchovy scare you off. As mentioned it only brings a delicious salty taste, a saltiness that anyone can find themselves craving for. 

HEALTH BENEFITS of Tomato Sauce: Scientific research has shown that tomatoes are even healthier once cooked. The lycopene is more readily absorbed by the body in processed tomatoes such as canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and sauce, and even ketchup. The lycopene promotes the health of the heart, lungs and eyes, it protects the cells from the damaging effect of free radicals and enhance the function of your immune system. Lycopene-rich foods has also shown to inhibit the risks of getting prostate cancer. 

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