garlic cloves, pressed
red bell pepper, chopped
( about 8 oz.)
crushed red pepper flakes
salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 -3 tablespoons vegetable stock (optional) or 2 -3 tablespoons
fresh basil leaves, chopped
( a 450-500 g box- I mix regular and whole wheat, and I think it tastes best that way)
coarse salt and black pepper, to serve
- You can make this sauce ahead of time, and it actually tastes better the next day. Only cook enough pasta for the day you are serving it, and serve any leftover sauce with freshly cooked pasta.
- In a skillet, soften the onion in a little water over medium heat. Add the oil and garlic, and saute them, stirring often, till they are starting to caramelize.
- Add the tomatoes, pepper, crushed red pepper and salt/pepper if desired. Raise heat till juices are bubbling. Then turn it down to low and simmer 15-20 minutes, till the bell pepper is well-softened.
- In the meantime, start your pasta cooking in a large pot.
- Transfer the mixture to a food processor and blend, adding a few tablespoons of stock or water as needed to make a smooth sauce. Return to the skillet, stir in the basil, cover and keep warm.
- Drain pasta and return it to the pot. Pour in the sauce and stir to coat. Serve with a sprinkle of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, and a salad.