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Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Vine-ripened tomatoes give this Italian sauce a top quality flavour. Serve over any cooked pasta shapes.

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Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

healthy check tick
Health Check
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C and carotene
Olives contain mainly monounsaturated fat and are a good source of postassium

preparation & cooking time
Preparation Time
15 minutes
Cooking Time
10 minutes

preparation & cooking time
Recipe Serves 4
400g pasta twists
½ cup grated Parmesan chese for sprinkling
8 teaspoons olive oil
2 plump cloves garlic, crushed
1 red chilli, halved, seeded and thinly sliced
4 large vine-ripened tomatoes
20 black olives
1 cup shredded radicchio lettuce or arugula (rocket)
salt to taste

preparation & cooking time
Preparation & Cooking
Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the pasta and stir well with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking. Cook at a fast boil for 10 mintues, until 'aldente' or just tender.
To make the sauce, place oil, gralic and chilli in a small frying pan and cook over a very, very low heat until garlic is cooked but not browned. Chop tomatoes, place in a bowl. Pour warm oil mixture over tomatoes. Remove stones from olives and coarsely chop olives. Add olives and radicchio to tomatoes, stir until evenly combined. Add salt to taste.
Drain cooked pasta in a colander as soon as it is tender. Return to warm pan, add half tomato sauce and toss together using a pasta fork or wooden spoon.
Divide pasta equally between 4 individual serving bowls and top with the remaining sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over each portion or serve separately in a small bowl.

preparation & cooking time
Per Serving
Cals 643/kj 2691
Carbohydrates 74 g
Fibre 9 g
Protein 25 g
Sodium 778 mg
Fat 27 g
Cholesterol 30 mg

Cook's Tips preparation & cooking time
Cook's Tips

Allow 100g of uncooked pasta shapes per person, or 125g for hearty eaters, for a main meal. Pasta swells and increases in volume when cooked.

Radicchio and arugula (rocket) are popular Italian bitter salad greens. If either is unavailable, you can substitute watercress or baby spinach.

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