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Lazy Vegetarian Meal Ideas #11 Fabulously easy tomato pasta sauce with pine nuts


I got the idea for this meal idea from an awesome blog post I saw today:, and although I added a bit to the recipe and changed some of the ingredients I totally owe the author for this fabulously easy, cheap and delicious meal. This was a little hard for me, even though its so easy to make, because I love spices and I didn’t use any (apart from pepper) for this recipe, but sometimes simple is better and it is definitely the case here. This is also the first time I’ve used fresh basil and I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at first, but it worked out really well.

What you need: Tinned chopped tomatoes (although fresh would probably be better), fresh basil (chopped), a medium white onion, fresh garlic (to taste, I didn’t use that much), pine nuts, olive oil, spaghetti

Spices: Salt and pepper


1: Chop the onion and fry on a medium heat for about five minutes, then add the garlic and fry for a few more minutes

2: Add the pine nuts and fry together on a medium heat for a few minutes (make sure to stir and not burn the pine nuts!)


3: Turn to a low heat and stir in the tomato and finely chopped basil. Keep on a low heat and make sure it doesn’t start to boil


4: Cook spaghetti as per cooking instructions whilst keeping an eye on the sauce


5: Stir the spaghetti into the sauce and serve with olives (optional). Enjoy


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