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Monday, September 12, 2022

Fresh Tomato Butter Sauce

Just a simple, satisfying weeknight meal.

9 oz/250g spaghetti 
1 lb tomatoes (I used 2 large)
4 tbsps butter
1/3 cup shredded parmesan
2 tsps minced garlic
fresh basil or parsley
pinch of red pepper flakes
pinch of sugar
salt and black pepper to taste

Garlic Peas (optional):
Heat some frozen green peas in a small saucepan with olive oil, dry basil, garlic powder and salt to taste.

Grate the tomatoes on a box grater. I took a thin slice off the bottom, then grated the whole thing right up to the top. Only this bit of peel and stem were left to throw out.

Melt 3 tbsps of butter in a medium saucepan and add the garlic, red pepper flakes and sugar. Gently warm 2-3 minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes, salt and black pepper and bring up the heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Start to cook the spaghetti. 

Whisk the parmesan into the sauce little by little until fully incorporated. (Note: Don't use powdered parmesan from the grocery store. It will clump.)

Reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta water then drain the rest. Toss the spaghetti with the sauce and add the remaining 1 tbsp butter, fresh basil or parsley, and check salt and pepper for taste.
Serve as is or topped with garlic green peas.

Serves 2
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