Today I decided to try out one of Jamie Oliver's recipes. I like the way he uses different types of ingredients to pep up some old fashioned dishes. Here's a great way he serves traditional tomato sauce with spaghetti.
140g Italian salami in slices - cut in strips
2 garlic cloves - finely chopped
1 whole fennel - cut in half and sliced
2 cans chopped tomatoes (each 400g)
2 hand full bread crumbs
Add some olive oil to a pan. Put in the garlic and salami strips and gently fry until the salami is crunchy.
Add the fennel slices and simmer at a low temperature with the pan covered for 5 minutes. Pour the chopped tomatoes into the pan and carry on simmering for approx. 25 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. In another pan heat up some olive oil and toast the bread crumbs until crunchy. Put in the rosmarin - it gives a nice aroma.
When the pasta is done, quickly add it to the sauce in the pan. Mix until the pasta is covered with the sauce. Pour this in a nice big serving bowl or plate and add the bread crumbs and fennel green to the pasta.
Fennel is not everyone's taste, but believe me, this was so delicious that none of my guys even asked what vegetable I used. It was a great way to sneak in something new. Soeri likes to think he is a pasta expert (what 3 year old does not). He looked at me and said "Hey mum ... this you can serve me tomorrow again" and I got a thumbs up sign. Thank you Jamie!
Times like these I wish I could have a taste and smell blog. I guess you will have to prepare this yourself to see just how yummy it really is.