Jacqui. The best example of Italian simple Italian food has to be homemade tomato sauce (sugo). However, you can make this recipe with almost any kind of pasta. 2 cups cherry tomatoes. In a saucepan, put in the olive oil, when the oil is warm, add your garlic and onion and gently saute these until they are transparent. Thanks Alison! I love pasta, have to try with ricotta cheese next time I make it. Looking forward to hearing from you! All the best from Verona! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Serve in individual bowls. Thanks so much Casey! The most well-known for sauce is San Marzano, but tomato sugo can be and is made with other types of tomatoes. However, soft cheese is also popular. Total Carbohydrate It's apparently a traditional Roman dish, great for vegetarians and very easy and quick to whip up, an awesome dish with a real 'rustic' feel to it! Oh yum! I love this dish too. Tomatoes have become such an important ingredient in Italian cuisine. That’s great to hear Claire! It’s funny to think they weren’t originally grown in Europe! Others use fresh tomatoes. Caccavelle Giant Pasta Shells from Gragnano, Naples. I just love how versatile it is as well. Add the ricotta to the pan and mix until fully incorporated. Apart from the sugo, it’s possible to serve pasta with homemade tomato sauce with other ingredients including different vegetables or seafood. Because fresh basil is a summer herb, some Italians add oregano to their tomato sauce when basil isn’t available. Traditionally it’s most often served with spaghetti or penne. Enjoy! A few use both. Mum used to make this for us when we were kids. I loved the idea of the ricotta on the plate first! I’m sure you’ll love it. The kids too! Both were introduced by the Portuguese. Hugs from Verona! Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Spaghetti/Maccheroni alla Chitarra from Abruzzo. Buon giorno and welcome to my pasta project! Dish up some pasta into a bowl, put some of the ricotta sauce on top of the pasta, and finish off with some extra shavings of parmesan if desired. Its like how so many Indian dishes too have tomato and potato. This isn’t so common though. All the best from Verona! I’ve never tried spaccatelle before so that’s on my list. The classic Italian tomato sauce has only a couple of ingredients. All the best from Verona! In fact, there are about 20 tomato varieties that are used to make sugo. Cjarsons ravioli from Friuli Venezia Giulia. Jacqui. This sounds amazing! Yes that’s why it’s my favourite food!! They then store it in glass jars to be used in the winter. Step 2, Meanwhile, heat the olive oil … Apart from the tomatoes or passata, the most popular are just garlic and basil, although some people use onions instead of garlic. Pasta with homemade tomato sauce is the most popular way to eat pasta here in Italy! The classic Italian tomato sauce has only a couple of ingredients. A great idea. Buon appetito! Small tomatoes tend to have thin skins, so I don’t peel them. They really are great tomatoes for sauce, although I love using cherry or datterini tomatoes too! This pasta looks so awesome. It makes the dish so special, even though it’s a simple recipe! Tuscan Gnudi (ricotta and spinach gnocchi). The important thing when using fresh tomatoes is that they are ripe (strong red colour) and you need to blanch and peel them if they have thick skins. Some of these are grown in  certain regions and not widely available, such as Prunill tomatoes from Puglia or the Pizzutello tomato which is grown on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius in Campania and in Sicily. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain. Some use canned or bottled passata or peeled tomatoes. I cannot wait to make this for myself one night!! Cheese is of course ubiquitous. Happy weekend from Verona! Many also make tomato sauce from scratch when a recipe calls for it. Pinch of sugar. You can comment and rate this recipe here on the blog or on The Pasta Project Facebook page. Yes, fresh is best! It’s still very traditional for Italian  cooks and housewives to make their own passata in the summer months when tomatoes are at their best. Directions. I like to use small tomatoes such as datterini (date tomatoes) and cherry tomatoes. Jacqui. So, I think it’s ironic that tomatoes have only been eaten in Italy since the 16th century. Today, Italians grow many different kinds of tomatoes. So we are trying to germinate a bunch of seeds for our own San marzanos. 4 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled. Lower the flame to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. I have to look that up! If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think.

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