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Simple pasta al pomodoro

20 minutes | Serves 4

My friend recently asked me what the secret to my sauce was. She wanted to know how I made it taste just like what she remembered having while visiting Italy. Her most recent text to me read, “where would I be without your tomato sauce?” So here’s the secret my friends! It’s so basic that even Italian men know how to make it.

Ingredients
1 large thinly sliced yellow onion
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Water
2 tablespoons of butter
Spaghetti is the classic choice with this dish
Parmesan cheese

Instructions
In a large flat pan, saute onion in olive oil until it’s translucent for 10-15 minutes. Be careful to not let the onion burn. While onion is cooking, start to boil salted water for pasta. Add tomato paste, salt, pepper and 1 cup water to cooked onions. Let sauce cook another 8-10 minutes over low heat. Conserve 1 cup of water from the water you’ve used to cook the pasta in. When pasta is just about cooked, add a dash of butter to tomato sauce for flavor. Strain pasta and place it in a serving bowl. Add parmesan and sauce to dish and mix. Add 1 tablespoon of reserved water and mix if pasta seems too dry. Repeat if needed. Finish off with more parmesan and serve.




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