This is a very simple base for a lot of pasta dishes. Add seafood for a pasta marinara or chopped up chorizo or ham if you are a bit more carnivorous. You can also add other cooked vegetables (aubergines, courgettes, peppers etc) to make a more substantial meal.
1-2 shallots (finely chopped)
1 chilli (de-seeded and finely chopped)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tin tomatos (400g)
1 clove of garlic (finely chopped or mushed)
Soften the shallots in the olive oil for about 8 minutes
Add the chilli and garlic and cook for a further minute
add the tinned tomatoes and bring to a gentle simmer.
cook, stirring occasionally for around 30 minutes till the sauce has reduced by about a third
check and adjust the seasoning to taste
cook the pasta according to the packet instructions
drain the pasta and stir through the sauce thoroughly so all the pasta is nicely coated
plate up and add freshly grated parmesan to taste