My Mummy and Italians have one thing in common. Both take great pride in their tomatoes . My mother creates a huge fuss whenever buying tomatoes, picks every single piece by hand, and rejects any tomato that has even the smallest patch of yellow or green .No one in our family has yet managed to wrap our heads around WHY she has such a fondness for tomatoes . Coming to Italy, some of the world’s finest quality tomatoes are grown here.Tomatoes are a common ingredient in most of the traditional Italian dishes and the quality of the tomatoes can make or break the flavour of the dish. Perfect Italian tomatoes are fresh, bright red and not too sour.
Pasta Pomodoro or pasta with tomato sauce is one of the simple and traditional Italian dishes. Tomato sauce can be prepared in several ways, and consequently this dish too has several varities. Check out my recipe for the tomato sauce.Also for the pasta, I have used the Fusilli variety. To make this dish, boil the pasta till al-dente. Take little bit of olive oil or butter in a pan, add the tomato sauce and cook for 2-3 min. At this stage, you can also add cream or grated parmesan cheese if you want the pasta to be creamy. Finally add the boiled pasta and season with Italian seasoning (dried oregano, parsley,basil,salt etc.). Pasta Pomodoro is ready to serve. And oh, did I mention..this dish is incredibly light and healthy
Ending this with a popular food quote
Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.