Last night, Patrick and I celebrated his spring break from evening classes by whipping up our favorite of the Old Standbys: Pasta Pomodoro. It's the fastest of the fast, and absolutely cannot be beat with a glass of good red. (Last night, it was Sebastiani Cabernet.) A couple cooperative vegetables, pasta, olive oil, and parmesan cheese, and it's dinner, folks. Enjoy.
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
2 15-oz cans stewed tomatoes OR 6 fresh tomatoes
1 medium red bell pepper, diced (frozen peppers are fine, if that's what you've got)a few sundried tomatoes (optional)
a liberal sprinkling of basil, thyme, and oregano
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, if you like some kick
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 lb pasta, cooked (we like rotini, gemelli, bow-ties, or good old-fashioned spaghetti)
ample freshly grated parmesan cheese
Warm the oil in a big frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions, and saute until translucent. Add the tomatoes and peppers, herbs and spices. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened suitably. Meanwhile, your house will smell better and better. Strangers passing by on the street may knock at your door and propose marriage. Once it's satisfactorily saucy looking, serve it over the hot pasta, topped with cheese.
Note: For more lavish occasions, we have been known to add eggplant, green beans, broccoli, or spinach to the saute. Also, when we have them, Tofurky Italian Sausage almost always makes its way into the pan.