Even in the middle of summer I get cravings for a heavy meal. Especially if it’s warm and Italian. I love Italian food but those restaurants can be so expensive. This recipe is much cheaper than that and it makes four servings. It’s one of those recipes that I pull out when I’m crunched on time. It’s also something that everyone loves. There’s something so comforting about pasta in an herbed tomato sauce.
They key to this dish is to use fresh herbs. I love doing this because especially this time of year they’re in abundant in our back yard. We’ve planted one of everything it seems and each time it rains the herbs just flourish. Many times I find that some herbs are very expensive and hard to come by like oregano or basil. I highly recommend starting your own herb garden if you don’t already have one. There’s something so rewarding about eating the things you grow. If you don’t have an herb garden or don’t want to spend the extra money, then dried herbs will be suffice.
The measurements below are close estimates because I haven’t actually measured anything for this except the amount of tomato sauce that goes in. Like I said it’s one of those easy meals you throw together when you haven’t got much time. I love using handfuls of herbs, lots of garlic, and wine. When you cook this smell and taste as you go. Make it yours and most of all enjoy!
- 4 cups spiral pasta cooked according to directions
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 3 tablespoons red wine
- 1 15oz can tomato sauce
- handful of fresh basil
- few sprigs of thyme
- few leaves of fresh oregano
- salt and pepper to taste
- shaved parmesan (optional)
- In a pan heat up olive oil and add the garlic and onion. Sauté until soft and translucent
- Deglaze the pan with red wine, let that simmer for a couple seconds then add the tomato sauce, basil, thyme, oregano and season with salt and pepper
- Heat and bring to a slight simmer for about three minutes, add the pasta combine until it's coated with the sauce and serve