Sunday, September 13, 2009

Red Pasta Sauce- Basic Style

This is a very basic red pasta sauce. It can be used for making pastas as well as on pizzas. Using fresh sauce in your pasta makes a HUGE difference instead of the bottled kind. btw, I Do use bottled pasta sauce sometimes. the best sauce I could find is Barilla. You can make and store this sauce in your freezer. Remove it and use it whenever you feel like having pasta or pizza.
4 ripe tomatoes, washed and diced
2 tomatoes pureed
1 small onions, minced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 tsp olive oil
sugar to taste
handful chopped basil
Heat a sauce pan and add oil to it. When hot, add onions and saute for few minutes till soft. Then add garlic and saute for 1 min. Then add the tomatoes, both diced as well as pureed. Cover and let it cook through till the oil starts seperating. Then add the basil, salt and black pepper. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer till it thicknes. Add sugar to taste and cover it and let it rest for 5 mins.
You can add veggies like mushroom, carrot, celery or any other liquid like wine, broth, milk or any other cheese and serve the sauce over pasta. For a little spicy kick add red chilli flakes and reduce the amount of sugar. I like spicy pasta sauce with penne or even meatballs.

Cupcakes- but I cheated

Yummy cupcakes made easy by cheating!!!!
I call this as my quick fix for dessert. So whenever I am in a time crunch, have some unexpected guests coming over or am making dessert under protest...this is what I do. Let me tell you something, I am scared of making desserts of any kind. But i have decided to experiment more and more ..on S ofcourse. The poor guy bears the brunt of my cooking.
These packaged cupcakes are great though. They stay longer...because of the preservatives and they taste moist too, again because of the preservatives.
1 box of your fav. cupcake mix
I usually halve the recipe just so that S, duckie and our many other guests do not get too greedy with them.
Decorate with sprinkles, frosting, sugar, whipped cream, ice cream or gobble it just plain. They tastes great anyways.
Enjoy your quick cupcakes