Even though I love British recipes and also trying different recipes for all kinds of international cuisine for some reason I always come back to Italian food.
I think it’s because of the beauty of using very similar and familiar ingredients over and over again but each different combination makes a stunningly different dish.
Take tomato sauce for instance; what could be simpler?
Tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and sugar – there’s your basic sauce. Easy.
Then maybe add some extra virgin olive oil, maybe onions, oregano, mint(!) and you have a marinara sauce that goes perfectly with some wonderful meatballs.
Or throw in some olives, capers and anchovies and you get a puttanesca – a spicy, salty, tangy sauce that transforms a plate of spaghetti.
Add some meat to the sauce and get a bolognese, like Sharlene’s homemade spaghetti sauce.
You like bacon? Throw it in your sauce with some grated Romano Pecorino or parmesan and you have an amatriciana sauce recipe.
Red chilies anyone? That’s your arrabiata sauce – one of my favorites.
The possibilities are endless and each sauce has a perfect pasta pairing. This recipe is for my number one favorite simple Italian sauce that’s packed full of the familiar Italian flavors and is perfect to keep on hand for a fast meal anytime. While I often make different tomato sauce variations to experiment with pizza and pasta and dips, this is the stock recipe I love to use.
For this recipe I used San Marzano tomatoes because it’s true that they have a unique taste that works fantastically well in a sauce. If you can’t find them then use good quality whole plum tomatoes instead – it still works.
If you enjoyed this recipe then have a quick look at these, I think you might like them too:
- Proper English Fish and Chips Recipe — Another British chippy recipe! This has homemade twice fried chips and a wonderful beer battered cod.
- Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe — Authentic British Indian Restaurant style Chicken Tikka Masala – a guaranteed winner…
- Sharlene’s Homemade Spaghetti Sauce — An old family recipe but new and improved. The perfect quick and easy comfort food!