It is starting to feel like life is slowly creeping back to ‘normal’ after nearly 15 months since COVID-19 spread across the globe. With hospitality and entertainment opening up, people starting to make plans in IRL, there are now fewer reasons to stay at home and some of us may have that ‘back to work’ pressure to deal with. While some may say they discovered their love for cooking during the pandemic, many feel the total opposite. And with less time spent at home, cooking may be the last thing we want to do when we get in.
However, as many of you have heard me say before, what we eat is the most important decision we make every day. Regular takeaways and ready meals are only going to slow us down in the long run, impact energy levels and have our body and mind work double to get through another busy schedule.
Sometimes all you need is a bunch of recipes to fall back on when time is a little tight. Plus don’t get it twisted, quick recipes don’t necessarily mean that you have to sacrifice flavour and goodness. Sometimes the best recipes are simple, easy dishes using only a handful of ingredients. This QUICK 10 MINUTE TOMATO SAUCE is a great example of a sexy topping that will brighten up any pasta dish. It’s super fresh, easy, sexy and healthy. All the things we want out of a meal right? You only need 3 ingredients. That’s it. Give it a go. You can thank me later.
Enjoy my bambinos.
Ingredients (2 people)
250g sweet cherry tomatoes (preferably on the vine, they have a better flavour)
1 garlic clove, chopped
4-6 fresh basil leaves
Head here for a quick recipe video.
- First, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Carefully drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch for at least 10 seconds. Then carefully remove and drop into a bowl of iced cold water. Peel and remove the tomato skin.
- Next, slice the tomatoes in half, even quarters and remove the seeds. The removal of seeds is optional. See the tip section below.
- Place the chopped tomato, garlic and basil in a blender. Blitz until you have saucy consistancy. Season with salt.
- Serve with cooked spaghetti, more freshly chopped tomatoes and fresh basil.
- Score a ‘cross’ at the base of the tomato before you pop it in the hot water. This will help to peel the skin with ease. You can leave the skin on. However, sometimes the skin can be a little bitter which will affect the sweet tomato pulp. Watch my how-to video here.
- I like to use a small carving knife or teaspoon to spoon out the seeds. The seeds can water down the overall flavour, especially with larger tomatoes.
- Blitz it to the consistency you desire.
- A little drizzle of extra virgin olive oil will help bring this dish together.
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