The dinner I make when I cannot be arsed to cook but want something delicious. Very few ingredients and will take less time than the pasta to cook.
100g of pasta
2 slices of ham
2tbsp of basil
2tbsp of oil
Chop the cooked ham into small pieces. You could also use bacon as well.Extra virgin is not really used for cooking in Italy but mainly as a dressing or a dip because it is so expensive. The flavour is lost through cooking so it is seen as wasteful.
Then lightly heat up with some olive oil. Extra virgin is not really used for cooking in Italy but mainly as a dressing or a dip because it is so expensive. The flavour is lost through cooking so it is seen as wasteful.
However with this dish the oil is the main player and forms the main base of the sauce so the better quality oil you get the better the sauce will taste.
Chop the tomatoes into quarters and add everything in; the seeds will form the base of the sauce.
Add in the basil, if using fresh add in around 1 tbsp also add in the pepper.
Don’t use any salt because the ham will be salty plus the pasta water and you don’t want to over salt the sauce.
Once the pasta is around 1 minutes off being done add into the sauce to mix and marry the sauce and pasta together. Having the last bit of cooking done in the sauce will help the sauce and pasta mix together.
Just before you are to serve add a bit of the pasta water. The starch that has come out of the pasta will make the sauce really creamy.
Dish up and serve with some more pepper and even some Parmesan.