If I had a plate of creamy white pasta and pasta in red sauce to choose from, I would, in a heartbeat, choose the latter. Although I love creamy pastas, I play favourites with the red, saucy kinds. Tomato-based pastas are fuss-free, require very little effort and are incredibly tasty.
I will be shortly travelling to Europe and I look forward to having amazing food. Yes, pasta is definitely on my list. I will share some of my food adventures with you here on the page.
Now coming to the recipe, I have used simple ingredients that you can play around with to customise the flavours. This linguine in herby tomato mushroom sauce is hearty, comforting and delish.
I love this for days when I can’t be too bothered to make an elaborate meal. It is easy and requires so little effort that before you realise you have a plateful of tasty meal waiting to be devoured.
Linguine pasta – 1 fistful
Water – To cook pasta
Tomato puree – 1 ½ cups
Mushrooms (sliced) – ¼ cup
Garlic – 4 cloves, minced finely
Fresh basil and thyme – 1 stalk each, finely chopped
Dried mixed herbs – 1 tspn.
Chilli flakes – As required
Olive oil – 1 tblspn.
Salt and pepper – To taste
Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
Drain the cooked pasta.
In a pan, heat oil.
To the hot oil, add garlic. Sauté till the garlic is fragrant.
To it, add the mushrooms. Sauté until the mushrooms are soft and coated in the oil.
At this stage add the chopped fresh herbs, and give it a mix.
Pour the tomato puree, and stir well.
Season with salt, pepper, chilli flakes and dried herbs.
Allow the sauce to simmer for about 15 minutes or until it thickens.
Once done, check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Finally, add the cooked pasta.
Mix to combine the ingredients.
Without breaking the pasta, coat it in the sauce.
Alternatively, you could serve the sauce over the pasta.
- Replace Linguine with other pasta varieties of your choice.
- Add/omit ingredients to suit your preference.
- Sprinkle Parmesan or grated cheese on top of the pasta before serving.
- I used olive oil. You could use other oils or butter to make the sauce.
- Use your favourite fresh/dried herbs. Personally, I love basil in tomato-based pasta sauces.