Are you curious to know this secret? Because I'm sure as hell excited to share it with you.
This is truly magic and I'm not lying. I've struck gold with this two minute pasta sauce - just two ingredients, loads of flavour, loads of health and vegan to boot- perfect for kid lunchbox, your lunchbox or a quick weeknight dinner.
And if you've made pasta for dinner, just cook a handful of extra pasta and save it in the fridge. With this sauce, your kiddie lunchbox can come together in less than 5 minutes. It's a promise. I even got myself a quick facial with the bits of leftover secret ingredient.
So, time to reveal the secret ingredient....
How to make two-minute pasta sauce from scratch?
Printable version here
Take your blender (or mixer) out.
Quarter one large ripe tomato. Halve a fully ripe avocado. Scoop out from skin.
(Don't throw away skin*)
Blend the tomato (skin, seeds and all) and flesh from half avocado to a puree.
Heat 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Smash and finely mince 1 clove of garlic.
Add the puree, 1/2 teaspoon salt and warm for one minute. Add salt and 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, crushed between finger tips (or any other dried herb you fancy).
Coat pasta in this sauce and warm through.
Garnish with fresh basil if you like.
This makes enough sauce for a really saucy pasta for one or lightly coated pasta for two.
You can easily scale up the recipe using 1 large avocado + 4 large tomatoes, 2-3 cloves of garlic and 2 tbsp olive oil for four people. Add chilli flakes to the oil, if it's only for adults or if your kids don't mind the spice.
*Rub your face with the leftover bits of avocado inside and wash after 10 minutes for glowing baby-soft skin.
Avocado gives the sauce a mellow creaminess without adding any cream or dairy to the sauce whatsoever. Avocado is sold as butter-fruit in several parts of India.
You could even prepare this with your kids and teach them to warm the sauce in the microwave and they can toss the pasta in this. The best way to make your kids eat healthy food is to involve them in the cooking process. The next time you do your food shopping, make sure you buy an avocado, just to try this recipe out and you'll know that I'm not joking about this magical pasta sauce.