Wednesday, March 30, 2011

"Pasta Memories" with Maria Buono

Maria Buono has been in Canada for much of her life, after emigrating from Italy. Still, her memories of Italy are strong, particularly of food and its association with family. We get a sense from Maria's story that food has alwarys been a very important part of her life. In this school cooking group, we prepared a simple but much loved recipe of tomato sauce and pasta.

Tomato Sauce and Pasta

1 can crushed tomato
1 can tomato paste
Diced onions
Basil, oregano, bay leaves
Salt and pepper
1 package any type of pasta
Parmesan cheese

Saute onion and garlic in oil for a few minutes.
Add tomato.
Add water if needed.
Bring to a boil.
Add in basil, oregano, bay leaves and any other preferred spices to taste.
Simmer at least half an hour.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the pasta in a large pot with lots of water to prevent sticking.
Bring to a boil, and slow boil until ready.

Top with parmesan cheese.

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