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Cook like the Italians

Cook like the Italians, with Ivan Pastore's recipe for simple Italian tomate sauce. Photo: SG211112-120TW

Cook like the Italians, with Ivan Pastore's recipe for simple Italian tomate sauce. Photo: SG211112-120TW

Last week, Ivan Pastore, from Amici in Spalding, shared his recipe for Italian aubergine bake, or Melanzane alla Parmigiana, with readers.

Forget ready-made sauces; make up batches of this easy-to-make sauce instead.

To sample more exciting Italian recipes without breaking the bank, try Amici’s special Christmas set menu of three courses for £19.95, available from Tuesday until December 28.

YOU WILL NEED:

Extra virgin olive oil

Good quality tinned tomatoes – ideally crushed or blended

Good quality tomato puree or concentrate

Salt, ground black pepper, sugar

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 bay leaf

Basil

Parsley

Oregano

method:

Preheat approximately 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or enough to cover the base of a saucepot over a medium heat.

Add the onion and garlic to the hot oil, season with only a pinch of salt and pepper.

Sweat, stirring occasionally, until a golden colour, and add the crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, bay leaf, basil, parsley and oregano.

Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer over a low heat for around 45 minutes, stirring and tasting occasionally for seasonings. Continue to gradually season with salt, pepper and a little sugar, if needed, to achieve a tasty sauce.

However you use your Italian tomato sauce, don’t forget to finish with a good topping of Parmesan cheese.

Most tomato-based dishes are good served with fresh salad and warm ciabatta bread.

Now sit and enjoy!

 

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