I don't know about anyone else, but as work on my blog I'm getting a bit hungry. I normally review snacks and things here, but when mum's looking after my nephew, or it's a bit less hectic at the end of the day, then it's my turn to cook.
I was watching Celebrity Masterchef the other week when one of the contestants was making a supposedly spicy tomato pasta for a challenge - as you can probably guess it didn't taste spicy at all. At the time I thought 'I can do much better than that', so that was my challenge next time I cooked. I don't tend to use a recipe for things like this, although I am sure there are similar out there, but at the time I cooked, it was just me and the cupboards!
Pack of sausages
Crushed chilli flakes
Can chopped tomatoes
Fresh or dried pasta
This was super easy to make, and a lot of it was tasting and adapting as I went along to get the sauce how I liked and wanted it flavour wise.
The sausages were grilled as normal, you can do this before and just heat them through a little more before serving, or if you're super organised you could time each part of the recipe and cook it all together.
I first cooked down a can of tomatoes, starting off on a higher heat, then reducing as it started to boil. When the tomatoes had cooked down a fair bit, I started adding the rest of the ingredients, with a splash of Tabasco and Worcester Sauce first, and then the crushed chilli flakes, about a heaped teaspoon of those, enough to give a kick without being over powering. Finally I added 2 teaspoons of sugar and a splash of ketchup to add a bit of sweetness, and my sauce was ready.
I took the sauce of the heat to cook the pasta, then when this was cooked I put the sauce back on to warm as I was serving up. I plated up the pasta and sausages, then added the sauce, and it was time to eat. Sometimes my efforts have been a little hit and miss - like the odd time I have over cooked rice when it needed a bit longer and I was distracted by other things I was cooking, but I got clean plates this time!
If you fancy giving it a go, or you have a favourite pasta recipe of your own to share do let me know. I love to hear from my blog readers, and if you like what you see, please feel free to follow me on Blog Lovin.