Spaghetti and simple tomato sauce sprinkled with parmasan cheese

Spaghetti and tomato saucePhoto by Klaus Nielsen: https://www.pexels.com/photo/crop-unrecognizable-chef-grating-cheese-on-spaghetti-6287530/

Spaghetti and tomato sauce: A classic family-friendly Italian meal

Do you love making delicious family meals? Spaghetti and tomato sauce is always a crowd-pleaser, especially during the cold winter months.

Spaghetti and simple tomato sauce sprinkled with parmasan cheese

Spaghetti and tomato saucePhoto by Klaus Nielsen: https://www.pexels.com/photo/crop-unrecognizable-chef-grating-cheese-on-spaghetti-6287530/

With winter still in full-swing, family dinner should be cozy and comforting. Spaghetti is one of the most popular dishes made in South Africa, even if it traditionally comes from Italy. Authentic Italian spaghetti is made with a basic tomato sauce and we have it for you. If you follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, you can easily substitute the milk or bechamel with your choice of dairy-free alternative.

Spaghetti and tomato sauce tips

A basic tomato sauce for pasta take only about 40 minutes to help the tomatoes simmer down to be soft. If you want to upgrade your sauce, add some bechamel sauce (white sauce) instead of the milk and Maizina to thicken it. When straining the pasta, preserve some of the water as it will help bind the sauce to the pasta when mixing. Garnish your spaghetti and tomato sauce with some chopped parsley and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Do you love making delicious family meals? Spaghetti and tomato sauce is always a crowd-pleaser, especially during the cold winter months.

Spaghetti and tomato sauce recipe

0 from 0 votes
Recipe by Gary Dunn Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

50

minutes

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti

  • 6 tomatoes

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 tbsp butter

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 tsp sugar

  • 1 tbsp Maizina (heaped)

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Garnish
  • parsley to garnish

  • parmesan cheese

Method

  • Finely chop the onion and fry until golden brown. Add garlic and fry for 1 extra minute.
  • Skin and cut up tomatoes and add to the onion. Add salt, pepper and butter.
  • Put on lid and leave to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  • Then mix Maizena with milk and add to mixture, also sugar.
  • While sauce is simmering, put spaghetti required into boiling salted water and allow to boil fast for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally; strain and save some pasta water.
  • Add spaghetti to the sauce with ¼ cup pasta water, stir and leave to cook slowly for about 5 minutes.

Notes

Did you make this recipe?

Tag @the.south.african on Instagram and hashtag it #recipes

Like this recipe?

Follow us @thesouthafrican on Pinterest

Are you looking for more traditional Italian food the whole family can enjoy? Have a look at our excellent recipe suggestions for you to try. There are many more old-school recipes like this one published in the Rustenburg Junior School Recipe Book in 1958.

If you would like to submit a recipe for publication, please complete our recipe form here.

Tags: