Basic tomato sauce and pasta with mushrooms and spinach

in Qurator4 months ago

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It's tomato season in Canada and the north areas. I am always inspired at this time to cook basic tomato sauce for pasta.

The thing is that I left a garden full of tomatoes behind, when we moved from Marc's parents and they don't use them. I have no time to get them and it's too far to go when I work six days a week.

I have used canned tomatoes for this sauce even though the market has fresh tomatoes, I bought canned from the store across the street.

If you are like me and need convenience, you can still make a good base sauce with canned tomatoes.

I started with browning some onion, garlic celery, carrots and parsley. You can just roughly chop them or like myself, grind them up.

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Once they are cooked add the tomatoes. I used three large cans.

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After the sauce has simmered blend it. I used a hand held emulsion blender

Basic tomato sauce

Canned or fresh tomatoes equaling around three litres
1 large carrot
2 stalks celery
1 large onion
5 cloves garlic
1/2 bunch parsley
1 tablespoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
pepper
salt to taste
1 tablespoon sweetener

From this sauce you can make other sauces by adding other items.

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I don't often eat wheat pasta but I do sometimes and this time it was made with the tomato sauce. I added mushrooms, and spinach which were cooked separately in a pan with onions and garlic.

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The tomato sauce is heated separately then the spaghetti is tossed and coated in it.

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When the noodles are coated add the mushroom and spinach.

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This is vegan so there was no cheese in it. I could have added vegan parmesean which can be made with ground almonds, salt, and nutritional yeast.You can purchase this in stores these days. I am not a fan of vegan cheese so I do without. I added a little basil pesto to the plate.

I love basil so I often make pesto from it. The garden that I left behind had some rather horrible basil plants so even if I could get to that garden, I wouldn't get anything from it.

That's when store bought basil does the trick. It is such a simple thing to whiz up in a blender.

Basil pesto
2 bunches basil
1 cup of walnuts or pine nuts or cashews
4 or 5 cloves garlic
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup olive oil or more to blend to a desired consistency
salt to taste

If you want a oil free pesto you can use soft tofu or just more lemon, nuts and some water.

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Have a good week everyone!

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Wonderful!! Lucky I just had my dinner!

Cheers.

I am sure you had something so much more tasty!
Cheers to you too!

Not really! I eat very bland food as I cannot take chili nor salty food!

And I am not good at cooking!! My attention was elsewhere! Bad habit!

Bella, la Pasta!
You would make this half Italiano eat them Spaghetti ;)
Also the tomato sauce looks very yummy...oh my food is ready, let's eat..haha ;)
Greetings!

Hello hello! I am thrilled that this is, half Italian approved haha.😃
Thank you my friend!

You're welcome Carolyn ;)

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Yummy food my friend!

Thank you my dear!!!😊

A basic tomato sauce is a must have in any vegan cookbook. It was the first thing I taught my son when he was learning, as it's the base for so many recipes.

I love to layer different sorts of tomatoey flavour as I go - sundried tomatoes, tomato paste, fresh tomato, tinned tomato, smoked paprika, roast capsicum - but that's when I'm really taking my time. Plus a generous dollop of red wine, some for me, some for the pan :P

this looks delish - you always present your meals so beautifully.