Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pink Mediterranean Pasta Sauce

Here is something that looks yummy. 

* 1 medium onion chopped
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 4 garlic cloves pressed
* 1 lb tomato chopped
* 1 large red bell pepper chopped
* 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
* salt & freshly ground black pepper to the amount you like
* 2-3 tablespoons vegetable stock 
* 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves chopped
* pasta ! 
Make ahead of time to let it sit. The long the better the flavor. 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.

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