In My Kitchen: A Cookbook

Basic Pasta and Tomato Sauce

An Italian classic.

The Italian style is to put a relatively small amount of sauce on the pasta, but I prefer mine saucier, to include more vegetables.


Basic tomato sauce, or any variation, one batch
Cook the sauce. When it's started simmering, put on the pasta water.
Boiled pasta, fresh or dry, one pound
Boil and drain the pasta.
Put the pasta in a bowl, pour the sauce over it, toss by lifting up through the pasta with tongs or serving fork.
Variation: Alternately, put the pasta in the sauce pot and stir on low heat for a minute or two to combine.


Parmesan cheese, grated
Ricotta cheese
Basil pesto
Green salad
Red wine