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Pasta Sauce

This ones a standard in my house. It’s very flexible and I usually adjust it based on what I have in the kitchen. You can make this with both store bought pasta sauce or simple tomato paste.

Ingredients

  • 1 can tomato paste or 1 cup store bought pasta/pizza sauce
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped coarsely
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 t sugar (if using store bought salt)
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 chicken breast piece, chopped into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 T cream cheese or feta cheese or a slice of chedder cheese (basically a small amount of cheese)
  1. Saute the onions in the olive oil until they are translucent. The oil may seem less but its ok. Keep stirring the onions. When they are translucent add the garlic and saute for another 5 minutes.
  2. Now add the tomato paste. If using the store bought pasta sauce you might want to add 3-4 tablespoons of tomato ketchup.
  3. Add the water, chicken stock cube, give it a good stir and let simmer on low heat. Keep stirring every few minutes to avoid sticking and to let the cube dissolve.
  4. While the sauce is cooking, put the chicken pieces in a pan, put a dash of salt and pepper onto them and saute them until they start to lightly brown. Remove from pan and add into the sauce. If you have mushrooms you can saute them too for a few minutes.
  5. When the sauce has thickened (about 20 minutes) taste it and then add salt and pepper accordingly. If you feel it tastes bitter (some ready made pasta sauces have too much oregano) then add a little more sugar. If you want, add more oregano. Just play around with it.
  6. In the end add the cheese, take the pot off the stove and stir until the cheese has dissolved.

I love how the chopped onions retain their shape and crunchiness and take on this wonderful tangy flavour. This is a very basic recipe and you can adjust it to your hearts content. And like I said it pretty much depends on what you have in your kitchen… tomato paste… off the shelf pasta sauce… mushrooms… ginger powder…. minced meat

Pour on to pasta and enjoy.

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