This family recipe is very quick and easy to prepare and tastes delicious. For a good flavour you need to use ripe tomatoes, if the tomatoes are not ripe or lack flavour, add a little tomato puree or use tinned tomatoes. I use the semi dried sunblush tomatoes in this sauce and you can often buy these at the deli counter in the supermarket.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
8 ripe ripe plum tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped (approx. 750g) or 1 X 400g tin chopped tomatoes
100g semi-dried tomatoes (sunblush tomatoes)
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
handful of basil leaves torn into pieces
pinch of sugar
salt and pepper
Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted water according to the packet instructions. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan and sauté the onion for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add all of the remaining ingredients cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked spaghetti.