Red Velvet Pasta – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley's Red Velvet Pasta

Lizet Hartley’s Red Velvet Pasta

Lizet Hartley can always be relied upon for a colourful and flavour packed dish.  A quirky food writer and blogger, she goes savoury with her Red Velvet Pasta.

All you need is…
400g small, ripe rosa tomatoes
1 tbs fresh oregano, finely chopped
1 tbs garlic, finely chopped
¼ tsp smoked chilli flakes (Woolies stocks it)
¼ tsp salt
4 tbs olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp tomato paste
3 tbs mascarpone (or thick fresh cream)
½ tsp red wine vinegar
black pepper
purple basil
parmesan cheese

Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise and mix with the oregano, garlic, ¼ tsp salt and 3 tbs olive oil. Pour onto a flat baking tray and roast in a 140°C oven for 40 minutes.

In the meantime, fry the onions in 1 tbs olive oil until soft. As soon as they’re soft, add the tomato paste and fry for a further minute or two (it gets rid of tomato paste’s harsh metallic quality).

Pour the roasted tomatoes into a food processor, add the onions and blitz until pureed. Place the puree in a fine sieve and use the back of a spoon to push it through. A wonderful velvety sauce is what emerges and the pips and skins stay behind. Put the tomato sauce back on the heat and stir through the mascarpone. If the sauce is a bit too thick for your liking, add a few drops of the water you boiled your pasta in. Just before serving, add the red wine vinegar, a grinding of black pepper and salt, if needed. Serve with a pasta of your choice, purple basil (I love the purple against the red) and fresh parmesan.

serves 2
preparation time 10 minutes
cooking time 50 mins

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Lizet Hartley at work

Lizet Hartley at work

Lizet Hartley is one of my favourite food bloggers, her website is beautiful, her food is real nostalgia stuff. Food from the heart.  She says, “I’m a freelance recipe developer, food stylist and food and lifestyle writer.  Melkkos & Merlot is my blog baby, my space where I play with new recipes, old favourites and my camera.” Her blog converts easily between English and Afrikaans at the click of a button, is well worth a visit.  Subscribe to her newsletter, it is a joy.  Click here.



December 2nd, 2014|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |