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I returned from studying abroad in Milan, Italy a month ago. If you have never been to Italy, then you have no idea what real Italian food tastes like. The pizza and pasta that you get from your local Italian restaurant doesn’t come close to how mouth-watering the food is in Italy. Living in Italy for a few months basically makes me a professional at critiquing pasta, or at least that is what I am telling myself. And let me tell you, this recipe for Oil-Free Pasta Sauce could probably stand a chance against some restaurants in Italy. I know that is a big statement to make, and I am willing to make it because I mean it.
The reason that this pasta sauce might actually be better than the ones in Italy is it is made entirely oil-free. As someone who tries to avoid oil as much as possible, Italian food and I weren’t always friends. The Italians love their olive oil. I didn’t make a big deal about it because I knew that I was only going to be in Italy for a few months, and didn’t want to miss out on a great experience because of a little bit of oil. I do definitely prefer eating oil-free, though.
The smell of this pasta sauce literally filled my entire house. We are now remodeling part of our home, and my grandparents are currently living with my family. When I was making this pasta sauce, both of my grandparents and the construction workers told me that my food smelled amazing. I wish I could send the smell of this recipe to you though the computer screen. Unfortunately, that isn’t possible. You are just going to have to make it for yourself to experience the pleasant smell and taste of this oil-free pasta sauce.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: about 2 cups
- 1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tbsp. minced dried onion
- 1 tbsp. dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Whisk all of the ingredients together in a pot.
- Bring to a boil, and then let simmer for 15 minutes.