Basil Pesto Pasta – Fresh Homemade Sauce

About Basil Pesto

 

I always make a fresh pesto to serve a basil pesto pasta. Freshly made pesto has its typical fresh green colour and rich taste of extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil leaves.

The original basil pesto should be prapared from Genovese basil. Any other basil grown outside of the region of Liguria cannot be labelled Genovese. The Genovese basil leaves are sweet, with a brighter flavors. When buying the fresh basil in the supermarket, it is good to look for this with bright green leaves. Young bunches are the best to make a fresh pesto.

Also using an original, Italian  pine nuts, extra virgin olive oil and cheese is the best to make a perfect pesto.

To make a great tasting pesto, it is good to soak basil leaves in cold water for 15 minutes. Soaking basil leaves before making pesto, softens them and removes unwanted bitterness. Also choosing the younger, sweeter tasting basil leaves is better to prepare a fresh pesto.

Fresh pesto pasta can be served as either a first course or a main dish. If not serving immediately transfer your pesto to a small container and refrigerate, covered. The fresh basil pesto can be stored up to 3 days in the fridge.

Serve your basil pasta with a freshly cooked pasta of your choice. I cook linguine pasta until al dente usually. If I want to make my pesto pasta less oily , I cook one medium potato in the large pot of boiling salted water first. It takes  about 15 minutes.  Then I add linguine to the pot and cook as usually. While tossing, the cooked potato will combine with pesto pasta easily and it helps to absorb the excess olive oil from pesto.

Using the small amount of hot pasta water and whisking it into the pesto  helps to warm the pesto sauce and makes it more creamy. Pour the pesto sauce over the pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately and enjoy your dinner. :)

I hope you will enjoy making your homemade basil pesto.

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Basil Pesto Pasta
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Instructions
  1. Prepare your fresh ingredients.
  2. Soak basil leaves in large bowl of very cold water. Lift leaves from water and repeat twice using fresh water.
  3. Soak fresh basil leaves in a large bowl of cold water for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile grate the parmesan cheese.
  5. Combine pine nuts and garlic in the jar of an electric blender.
  6. Cover with olive oil.
  7. Puree until the mixture is very creamy.
  8. Season with salt.
  9. In a couple of additions, lift basil from water, shaking off excess water from leaves and add basil to the blender.
  10. Puree to combine, trying to not overblend the mixture.
  11. Add parmesan cheese and puree to combine with a couple of a very short pulses.
  12. In the large pot of boiling water, cook linguine until al dente.
  13. Drain the pasta in the colander.
  14. Pour fresh pesto sauce over the linguine pasta and toss to combine.
  15. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce – Italian Classique

About Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce

To make an easy tomato pasta sauce I use a very few ingredients. A simple combination of olive oil, garlic and off course, tomatoes makes the sauce great tasting and smelling every time.

The most of the year I use a canned tomatoes. I try to buy a great quality ones, whole and peeled, with lots of juices inside of the can. In the summer, tomatoes have a nice bright red colour and taste much differently. Much better, I’d say. In this case I prefer using a a couple of them to prepare my easy tomato pasta sauce. Usually 6 large ripe tomatoes are enough to make four portions of tomato pasta sauce.

To peel the tomato skin easily I immerse the fresh tomato in the hot water for 30 seconds first. I peel and slice the tomatoes into large cubes. The fresh tomatoes should be rich in juices, so adding water is not necessary while cooking the tomato sauce. The rest of the cooking process and time is the same as with a canned tomatoes.

When the sauce is ready I remove it from the heat immediately. Sometimes I add a handful of freshly chopped basil leaves into the sauce finally, to make it  more aromatic.

The most famous tomato in Italy’s cuisine is San Marzano. Grown in the Campanian provincies of Naples, Avellino and Salerno. This area, which features mountains, a volcano and water creates a great climate in which the tomato flourishes. The tomatoes grown in the nutrient rich soil, keep its fresh taste even if canned for months. This is why all the fresh tomato sauces  used for pasta and pizza toppings taste so special in Naples.

Serve your easy tomato sauce immediately on the top of your favorite pasta. I prefer serving long type of pasta, like spaghetti, spaghettini or linguine with my tomato sauce. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top.

I hope you will enjoy cooking your easy tomato pasta sauce. I look forward to receiving your comments below. :)

Easy Tomato Pasta Sauce - Italian Classique
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  1. Prepare all your ingredients.
  2. In the large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Puree the tomatoes with an electric blender until coarse, not smooth consistency too much.
  4. Pour the tomato puree into the sauce pan.
  5. Add salt, sugar and garlic and combine well.
  6. Lower the heat and let the sauce simmer slowly for 20 minutes, stirring ocasionally.
  7. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti in the large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
  8. Drain the spaghetti through a pasta colander.
  9. Remove the sauce pan from the heat.
  10. Add a handful of fresh chopped basil leaves into the sauce, if using.
  11. Pour the tomato sauce over spaghetti and combine well.
  12. Arrange tomato spaghetti on the serving plates.
  13. Sprinkle a freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top.
  14. Serve your easy tomato sauce pasta immediately and enjoy.
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How To Make Bolognese Sauce – Delicious Spaghetti Dinner

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If you love the freshly cooked sauce full of great tasting meat, served on the top your favorite pasta, you will like the idea of making your homemade bolognese sauce to share with your family tonight.

Following the traditional recipe, the bolognese sauce should be cooked using a ground beef. I cook my own variation of the sauce. I use a ground veal meat to cook the bolognese sauce. As a result of using a veal meat, the sauce is tasting much smoother.

I always use a freshly ground veal, instead of the ready to use, packaged in the food store one.  I cook the ground veal with a pureed plum tomatoes. In the summer, juicy, ripe tomatoes can substitute for the tomato puree. Peel and cut roughly the fresh tomatoes before adding them to the ground meat.

Simmering slowly, adding the ingredients gradually,  one by one and seasoning slightly, is the secret of making your perfect, fresh and aromatic bolognese sauce.

Serve your bolognese sauce on the top of your favorite pasta. For me, the combination of bolognese sauce and freshly cooked spaghetti or spaghettini /the thinner ones/, sprinkled with a freshly grated parmesan cheese makes dinner perfect anytime.

I hope you’ll get inspired by my bolognese sauce recipe. I’d be more than happy if you  leave me your comments below. :)

 

How To Make Bolognese Sauce - Delicious Spaghetti Dinner
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How To Make Bolognese Sauce - Delicious Spaghetti Dinner
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  1. Prepare all the ingredients.
  2. Grind the veal with the help of food processor.
  3. In the large sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
  4. Add ground veal, one bay leaf and cook for a while, stirring constantly until the veal separates into the small pieces.
  5. Lower the heat and cook the veal for 5 more minutes.
  6. Puree the plum tomatoes using the electric blender.
  7. Add the tomato puree to the veal, season with salt, add crushed garlic and the sauce simmer for about 15 minutes until the excess juices evaporate and the sauce thickens.
  8. Meanwhile cook your spaghetti in the pot of boiling, salted water until al dente.
  9. Remove the sauce from the heat and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Drain the spaghetti through the colander with a large holes.
  11. Arrange spaghetti on the serving plate and top with the bolognese sauce.
  12. Sprinkle with a freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
  13. Enjoy your bolognese spaghetti dinner.
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Chicken Tomato Sauce Recipe – Served with Your Favorite Pasta

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I guess, there is nothing simpler than cooking a fresh pasta sauce to serve as your main dish at dinner. If you like pasta sauces which combine meat and tomatoes you can enjoy your chicken tomato sauce tonight. I use chicken breasts to make this pasta sauce. There are two options when it comes to adding tomatoes to your sauce. The most of the year I use canned plum tomatoes, which taste great. I puree them but I don’t like to make a very smooth tomato puree for this purpose. I puree the tomatoes with a couple of shots only. As a result of that, the consistensy of the tomato puree is coarse, containing the larger pieces of tomatoes.

In the summer when there are fresh, juicy and bright red tomatoes available, I use a couple of them to make this sauce tasting differently. I peel and chop them roughly before I add them to the chicken. To peel the tomato skin easily, immerse the fresh tomatoes in the hot water for 30 seconds first. I cook the sauce for a couple of minutes more, then I remove the sauce pan  from the heat, to keep the tomatoes as fresh as possible.

The main ingredients I use following  my chicken tomato sauce recipe is chicken, plum tomatoes and a heavy cream. Adding the heavy cream at the end of cooking, helps to make the sauce smoother and tasting delicious. To use one clove of crushed garlic is enough, as we want just to enhance the flavour of the sauce slihtly. Also, adding the ingredients gradually, one by one, helps to improve the final taste of your sauce.

Serve your chicken tomato sauce on the nest of your favorite either dried or fresh pasta. I found it the best to serve tagliatelle with this sauce. Sprinkle the pasta with a freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top before serving. Finally drizzle with olive oil if you prefer.

I hope you’ll enjoy cooking your chicken tomato pasta sauce. I’d be more than happy if you  leave me your comments below. :)

Chicken Tomato Sauce Recipe - Served with Your Favorite Pasta
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Chicken Tomato Sauce Recipe - Served with Your Favorite Pasta
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  1. Prepare all the fresh ingredients.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into chunks.
  3. In the large sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking.
  4. Cook chicken until it changes its colour to golden brown, reduce the heat and let the chicken simmer for 5 more minutes.
  5. Puree plum tomatoes to coarse consistency.
  6. Pour the tomato puree over the chicken, add crushed garlic, season with salt, sugar and let it simmer slowly for 5 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile cook your pasta in the large pot of boiling, salted water until al dente.
  8. Add heavy cream into the sauce finally and let the sauce simmer for 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Remove the sauce from the heat.
  10. Season with a freshly ground black pepper.
  11. Drain the tagliatelle through the colander with large holes.
  12. Top tagliatelle with the chicken tomato sauce, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve immediately. Enjoy your fresh dinner.
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