Time: 20- 25 mins
Difficulty: super easy
We don’t all have time to roast a chicken… With this recipe you can have the dish on the table in under half an hour. A deliciously quick and easy method for one of Italy’s great dishes. Using both fresh and chopped tomatoes to create a succulent sauce with Italian herbs to sharpen the dish’s flavour.
- Half a large brown onion (or a whole small one)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 8-10 cherry (or plum) tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of Italian herbs (oregano will do)
- Spaghetti (fresh or dried)
- Ball of mozzarella (Buffalo is best)
- Parmigiano reggiano
- Always start by doing your prep. So… dice your onion into small pieces and chop your garlic if you aren’t going to use a press, then get everything else out ready to use.
- Oil a pan on a medium heat and throw in your onion: season with salt, pepper and your Italian herbs. Continue to cook it until they start to go a soft and golden.
- Now add your tomatoes so they can soften up before we make it into a sauce. Make sure you put them in whole so they maintain their juice inside for that burst of flavour when you bite into them.
- Once the tomatoes have cooked for a minute or so, put in your garlic and let it sizzle for 2 minutes.
- After your garlic is cooked, you can now add your chopped tomatoes and stir through whilst seasoning with salt and pepper again. Use more seasoning than you may think you need, it helps bring out the sweetness in the tomatoes.
- If you have any white wine open, then I suggest you add a splash at this point, trust me it makes it taste better, however, this isn’t essential.
- Now time to boil your spaghetti whilst the sauce thickens up. Turn the sauce down to a low heat so that it bubbles gently.
- Once the spaghetti is done turn off the heat and drain your pasta.
- Next, plate your spaghetti and season with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan and give it a mix until the parmesan melts.
- At this point, you can add as much sauce as you want and serve with the mozzarella torn up on the top and maybe even some more parmesan too. Season to taste and bon appetite!
This meal isn’t just super easy, it’s super cheat as well! You will probably have most of the ingredients anyway, but even if you don’t just see how cheap you can get this meal:
- 1 large onion – £0.45
- 1 bulb of garlic – £0.50
- 1 tin of chopped tomato – £0.45
- Pack of on the vine tomatoes – £1.50
- Italian herbs – £1
- Spaghetti (dried) – £0.50
- Ball of mozzarella – £1
- Parmigiano reggiano – £1.50
Total estimated cost: £6.90
There you go… this meal will cost you £3.45 per portion and is better than any ready meal that you will find in any supermarket. So 25 minutes plus £3.90 and you’ve got yourself a restaurant ready Italian meal.