Pasta is an all time favorite in the kitchen because of a number of reasons. One, it is very simple to make. Second, it is a wholesome food, and with many healthy brands coming up with nutritious varieties, it ranks much higher on the health chart.
Here’s how to make tomato pasta. All you need are a few select ingredients and the dish can be prepared in a jiffy. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes if you follow the recipe religiously.
Take about two cups of pasta, approximately around 9 ounces (or 250 grams). These should be ideally the manicotti or rigatoni types. In a large pot, take about 8 cups of water and start boiling the pasta. Do not over boil; otherwise the pasta will get sticky. Ideally, it should take 12 to 15 minutes for the pasta to get cooked just right (al dente). You will notice they will become more transparent and come to the surface of the water. At this time, switch off and drain the remaining water.
While the pasta is getting boiled, finely chop about 4 large tomatoes. Slice 2 onions and finely chop about 10-15 cloves of garlic. Next, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Butter or your usual cooking oil will also do. Once the oil is hot and start smoking slightly, first add the garlic. Sauté for a minute and then add onions. Fry the onions till pink and this should take about 5 minutes. In the meanwhile, check on the boiling pasta and occasionally stir the pot.
After the onions are done, add the chopped tomatoes. Now, cover the skillet and let the tomatoes cook till tender, with occasionally stirring in between to see that the gravy doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the pan. The tomatoes should form a thick, rich gravy. Once this is done, add the cooked pasta and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Now, your pasta is done. You can also season with oregano and add a dollop of butter before serving.