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For a long time I absolutely hated pasta of any kind, when I was younger tuesday was pasta day and after lots of weeks eating pasta every tuesday I didn’t like it anymore. Nowadays I love pasta again luckily. My boyfriend his parents could make a delicious tomato pasta sauce, my boyfriend learned from them how to make it and then I learned the recipe from him.
The sauce is based on my boyfriends tomato pasta sauce, which he learned to make from his parents.
- Red Bell pepper – 4
- Tomatoes – 4
- Onion – 1
- Meat or vegetable meat substitution (optional)
- Other veggies like mushroom, corn, peas etc (optional)
- Olive Oil
- Garlic – 5 cloves
- Parsley and Basil (optional)
- Tomato Paste – 2 tablespoons
- Low salt vegetable bouillon cube – 2
- Sambal – 1 teaspoon
- Water – 1 cup
- Bay Leaves – 4
- Oregano (optional)
This recipe feeds about four people. I often make this recipe and then the first day we eat pasta and the next french bread pizza with the leftover sauce.
You can substitute the tomatoes for a can of tomatoes with tomato juice as well, just use a bit less tomato paste in that case.
- Cut the onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic in pieces. Put the garlic and onion in a wok or pan and bake it until the onion is translucent.
- Now add the red bell pepper and tomatoes and bake for a few minutes. Then tomato paste, half a liter/ 2 cups water, the bouillon cubes, sambal and bay leaves. Let this cook for about 15 minutes.
- Add any other vegetables or meat you want to add to the sauce now. Add some parsley and basil (Optional).
- Mix some cornstarch into water and when dissolved add to the sauce to make the sauce a bit thicker. Let the sauce cook for a bit longer.
- Serve the sauce with some pasta and enjoy your dinner!
- Vary with veggies, meat and spices. Instead of only red bell pepper, tomatoes and onion you can add other veggies as well, like peas, beans, mushrooms, lentils or corn.
- French Bread Pizza. You can also use this sauce to make french bread pizza or if you have leftovers you can make french bread pizza the next day.