About a month ago, my husband Shawn came home with a cookbook for me and I started cooking from it. This is the fourth recipe I have made (and blogged!) from Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals. Classic Tomato Spaghetti (which I made with farfalle) is anything but classic. It starts with red chile, garlic and basil cooked in oil. Then you add tomatoes (canned, that is) and more basil. Toss it with pasta and serve. All in all, it takes under 20 minutes to prepare.
Shawn really liked the bite that the sauce had. The kids? Not so much. I adore simple pastas that are a mix of diced tomatoes, garlic and basil … so this was a good (but not excellent) variation. But I felt like it was missing something … maybe less heat and more basil? Anyway, if you want to try it … Get the recipe here.
Regarding the book: We’ve tried several fabulous recipes in this book, so I do like it. The unorthodox presentation of recipes makes it harder to use than most cookbooks – for me, at least – but good recipes are more important than style. I will continue cooking from it, and am glad I have it.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.