Emergency Pasta

This is such a basic in our house that I feel a little funny about sharing this recipe as there is nothing special about it.  I always have tins of whole, peeled tomatoes in the pantry and a few bags of dried spaghetti for those nights when I am too tired to cook/think/shop.  If the budget is tight then I really don’t think you can feed a family any cheaper than this.

This is speedy too.  I’m sure it is quicker than getting take-away.  There are times when getting dinner on the table is quite a challenge and I contemplate take-away.  The conclusion is always the same – I end up making this.  All the kids gobble it up and it is better for them than any take-away.

Besides the fact it is simple and cheap, it is good food.  If you have some fresh herbs in the garden then rip up some fresh basil leaves or chop up some parsley and sprinkle over the top.  Grate over some Parmesan.  If you have pesto you could dollop a spoonful on top and stir through.  If you have more time and lots of people to feed then you could make some garlic bread and a green salad to go with.

emergency pasta

3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (use more if you don’t need to feed kids)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tins whole peeled tomatoes
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 pack dried spaghetti

Get a large pot on the stove with lightly salted boiling water and cook the pasta according to directions on the packet.

Tip the tinned tomatoes into a large bowl and squeeze the tomatoes with you hands until nicely crushed.  You could just use chopped tinned tomatoes.

In a large, heavy based saucepan heat the olive oil over a low heat.  Add the sliced garlic and chilli flakes and give the pan a swirl getting all the garlic and chilli flavour into the oil. Be careful not to brown the garlic.  Add the oregano, crushed tomatoes, salt and sugar and bring to the boil.  Then leave to simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain the cooked pasta and tip into the tomato sauce and stir together.  Serve with some fresh herbs and a good grating of cheese.

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