This is a simple dish of spaghetti tossed with a raw tomato sauce. Usually pasta al sugo means pasta with sauce and crudo stands for raw vegetables which in this case is the common tomato. We can even call it an emergency tomato pesto without nuts,cheese or basil. Mostly we toss in pasta with cooked/uncooked veggies and add a dressing to it to get a pasta salad. Here we go pesto style instead -peel and grind tomatoes into a sauce and toss in hot pasta. I saw this recipe in Nigella Lawson's Forever Summer that I have taken from the library and this is the first recipe I tried out and it did turned out hearty.
Tomato: 2-3 big ripe and juicy
Caster Sugar: few pinches
Salt & Pepper : as per taste
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 1-2 tbsp
Garlic: 1 small clove minced
Fresh Rosemary: (optional): as much as you like
Spaghetti or choice of Pasta : as needed for 2-3 people
Blanch the tomatoes in hot water for a minute and then peel away the skins. We are not cooking the tomatoes,but removing the peels which is made easier by blanching.
Halve the tomatoes and remove the seeds and coarsely chop them. Sprinkle sugar,salt and pepper and also mix in minced garlic,chopped fresh rosemary and 1-2 tbsp of EVOO on the tomatoes. Mix everything well almost grinding them to get a chunkier sauce.You can also do this in a blender to get a sauce of your desired consistency.You can in fact remove the garlic clove just before blending if you are not a fan of raw garlic,but I used a very small or rather half a clove and blended it together.
Cook the pasta as per instructions and add the sauce to the hot pasta. You can also add cheese to the pasta preferably sliced mozzarella or paneer and garnish with herbs or more pepper. Serve war in individual bowl as a comforting meal.
Fuss free pasta this one is. Rosemary is optional and not there in the original recipe. I had fresh rosemary with me and love the tomato -rosemary combination. Very comforting pasta perfect for a rainy night.