Easy Pasta Sauce

Easy Pasta Sauce

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About this recipe: Perfect to pour over pasta, this is a great sauce with mint, parsley and orange-y flavours.

Norma MacMillan

Serves: 4 

  • 1.3kg tomatoes, deseeded and chopped
  • 25g fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pepper to taste
  • To serve
  • 350g linguine or spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:12min  ›  Ready in:32min 

  1. Mix together the tomatoes, basil, oil, parsley, mint, orange zest, garlic and pepper in a bowl. Leave to stand for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours, at room temperature.
  2. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water according to the packet instructions. Drain well and put into a large pasta bowl. Top with the sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Some more ideas

*Place the tomato topping on toasted rounds of bread and serve as an appetiser.
*Spoon the tomato topping over any green salad.

Health points

*One serving of the fresh tomatoes in this dish supplies more than a day's requirement of vitamin C.
*Prolonged heating of foods can cause them to lose some of their nutrients. Only in rare cases does cooking enhance nutrition. In general, try to shorten your cooking times whenever possible. This recipe is a good example of how to preserve all the nutrients of fresh produce with no cooking.

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