The Dunsandel Store's Raw Tomato Sauce For Pasta

This is simplicity itself and relies on perfect ingredients. Bought pasta can vary a lot in quality, so at the very least always make sure that it is Italian; one of our favourite brands is de Cecco. Without the pasta, this is a useful little salad in its own right.


Serves 4-6

500g vine-ripened tomatoes (cherry tomatoes are best)

1/2 cup olive oil

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely choppped

Handful of basil leaves, roughly torn

500g penne, rigatoni or fusili pasta

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan

salt and black pepper


Roughly chop the tomatoes, or if using cherry tomatoes, but in half. Toss together with the olive oil, chilli and basil and season well with salt and pepper. Cook the pasta in lots of boiling salted water until al dente, then drain, reserving about a 1/2 cup of the pasta iquid. Return the pasta to the pan over a low heat and toss through the tomatoes, pasta liquor and parmesan for a few moments just to heat the ingredients through.