A few weeks ago, I got Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution cookbook and have simply devoured it. It's like he was writing a cookbook just for me! The whole philosophy of the book is to encourage people to cook at home on an everyday basis, so the book is filled with lots of different recipes that are easy to make and help you develop a good foundation of culinary skills. I have loved everything I've made out of this book thus far, and tonight was no exception. I must confess I am still pretty intimidated by the "Easy Curries" chapter, but I'll give it a go at some point!
I made the "Cherry Tomato Sauce with Cheat's Fresh Pasta". I didn't have fresh pasta on hand, so I used dried spaghetti. But it was still delicious. I have plenty leftover, so I'll be having it again tomorrow. Very easy to make, too. The toughest part was halving all those cherry tomatoes, and that didn't really take long.
Cherry Tomato Sauce with Cheat's Fresh Pasta
adapted from the amazing Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution
serves 4-6 (or one, many times over)
1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
a dozen or so fresh basil leaves
1 pound pasta
salt and pepper
2 T butter
1/4 c balsamic vinegar
4 oz parmesan cheese
First, chop up your garlic and halve your tomatoes. Chop up your basil and grate the cheese. Then put water on to boil for the pasta. In a big saucepan (or wok), put a few tablespoons of olive oil on with the garlic. After the pan heats up, add the butter until it's melted. When the garlic is beginning to brown, add the tomatoes, vinegar and spices. Keep this going until the pasta is cooked, then add the pasta, about a 1/4 cup of water and half the cheese to the saucepan. Stir it all up together until the cheese is a little melted, then serve! Use the rest of the parm as a garnish on top.