Today, I feel kinda lazy. I worked the whole day and now I arrived home and I guess I will watch one episode of a new tv show I have discovered yesterday. So instead of writing a blogpost, I would like to introduce you to my boyfriend’s extremely delicious pasta. I love it when someone cooks for me and his pasta is definitely one of my favorites. It is this kind of comfort food which makes you really satisfied after a long, stressful day:
Hi! I am Joan, Lisa’s boyfriend, I think you already have heard about me, or at least about my problems to mantain a vegtarian lifestyle haha. For me pasta is the kind of food you need to survive, if you are almost always hungry (just like me). The people in my family (as you already know from previous entries) are really good cooks. My mum and dad make extremely good pasta, and I have learned a bit from them. They always prepare it with meat (either as carbonara or bolognese) so, when I started cooking for Lisa, I had to readapt the recipes to make them vegetarian.
I do a great pasta with cheesesauce, or at least I used to, it has been a while since the last time I cooked it… But what I am getting better at is this kind of spicy pasta with tomato sauce which I would to present you to day.
- wholegrain pasta 400g
- 8 tomatoes
- 1 1/2 onion
- 1/2 zucchini
- 1/2 paprika
- a handful mushrooms
- a handful spinach
- black pepper
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- spicy mix (we have one from italy which consist: garlic, chili, oregano)
I would say that the key for making this pasta a success is PATIENCE.
- First of all, cut the tomatoes, the onions and the vegetables in very very small squares. You can grate the tomato and the onions if you like.
- When you have it all cut, put the vegetables in one pan and fry them until they are almost crunchy. In the meantime you can start frying the onions in a separat pan as well. I like to add a bit of brown sugar to the onions. It gives them a sweet taste and a consistency I really like, and it also helps to cook them faster!
- When the vegetables and onions are ready, it is time to put them together
- Add tomatoes and let it simmer
- Start boiling the pasta as well
- When the tomatoes lose a bit of water add tomato paste, spicy mix, black pepper, a pinch of salt and some leafs of raw spinach
- You can also add some cream as well, and I like to add a bit of salsa brava. It is a bit spicy and it is based on paprika, tomatoes and garlic
- Not a lot more to do, just wait and drain the pasta when they are aldente – It is ready to eat!
Before leaving guys, Lisa and I always have a discussion about how pasta tastes better. What do you prefer? Having the pasta served “white” on your dish and adding the sauce afterwards? Or mixing it all together already in the pan, so it all dances there in perfect harmony for a delicious dish?
I think you can already guess who stands in which position hahaha.