California Central Coast Recipes
Homemade Spaghetti Ohs!
Homemade Spaghetti Ohs! is one for the younger-set -but their parents will appreciate it too! We all know stories about young fussy-eaters. This recipe was concocted with them in mind: A very mild tomato sauce-pasta that we call Homemade Spaghetti-Ohs. When adults are "burned-out" on food and want to simplify, this recipe is another waist-slimming and detox recipe for them to enjoy. We actually found some "O-type" pasta in one of our grocery stores to use and got us thinking about making an economical, easy-to make, healthier and better-tasting Spaghetti-O sauce. The pasta type is technically called "Anellini." Small round o's pasta. If you can't find that you can substitute "wagon-wheel" pasta as well.
Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 20 minutes
2 to 3 Tablespoons Extra virgin Olive oil
1 28 ounce Whole Tomatoes , drained and pureed
1/2 to 2/3 cup White onion , peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup Italian parsley (loosely packed) , finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoons Dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan Cheese , grated for the table
6 ounces Anellini pasta or other circle-shaped pasta
1 Since this pasta-sauce doesn't take long to cook, start you pasta pot right away by filling with hot water and letting it come to a boil.
2 Drain the canned tomatoes and puree the tomatoes until smooth consistency. Save the liquid in case you need a little more volume of sauce you can add some of the juices back into the cooked sauce later.
3 In a separate large sauce-pot, over medium-low heat, add in the olive oil and heat until glistening. Add in the chopped onion and saute until softened and just beginning to turn light -golden. About 3-5 minutes or so. Do NOT allow the onion to brown.
4 Add in the pureed tomatoes and stir well. Add in the oregano and stir well. Let simmer for a few minutes. Add in some of the chopped parsley. Stir again.
5 Add in the salt and pepper to personal preference. Stir again and taste and correct flavorings to personal preference.
6 By this time, your pasta pot should be boiling. Add in a tablespoon of salt, stir well, then add in your pasta and stir well to disburse throughout the boiling water. Cook as directed on pasta package---or until al dente.
7 When the pasta is done, drain and add to the sauce pan, lightly tossing the pasta evenly to coat with the sauce.
8 Serve on dinner plates-or in a large bowl for family-style, with each diner dishing-out their own amount. Accent tops of serving dishes/dinner plates with a couple sprinkles of parsley.
This is a very simple sauce, so a very simple wine -a young red or Chianti will go well.