Quick Pasta Sauce
1-25oz can or box crushed tomatoes (Pomi Brand)
1-25oz can or box tomato sauce (Pomi Brand)
1-2 cloves minced garlic
1 carrot grated. Tip: the carrot is full of sugar and will take any bitterness away from the canned tomatoes and help to thicken the sauce.
2-3 ounces fresh basil or dried to taste
black pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 anchovies or anchovy past. Tip: Make sure the anchovies or paste is dissolved completely in the sauce; do not add salt.
1 onion chopped or more to taste
2 pinches red pepper flakes or more to taste. Optional
Salt to taste in the absence of anchovies.
Heat a deep skillet to medium heat; when the skillet is hot add olive oil to coat and add all ingredients except tomatoes. Saute for five minutes. Add tomato sauce and chopped tomatoes. Cook on medium to low heat for 30 minutes maintaining a vigorous simmer stirring every ten minutes or so. Have your pasta water ready at the 30 minute mark. Cook your pasta to your desired texture. When the pasta is done, your sauce is also. Move pasta into your sauce when it reaches al dente. Mix Pasta well and plate with fresh grated cheese and chopped flat leaf parsley.
Don’t let the heat get too high. It is quite easy to burn this sauce. Only you know how your stove reacts.