You should know that my mom loves sneaking stuff into my bag for me to bring back to Penang. In fact, she has an innate talent for that, because every time she did that, I never realized until I was unpacking my bag.
Yeah, she did it again. This time, it was this canister of what seemed to be some homemade sauce of some sort.
My goodness, it smelled incredibly wonderful the moment I twisted the tight lid open. Smelled like tomato based pasta sauce to me, and a quick call home confirmed that fact. I recall the siblings made a brief mention about how mom successfully made a pasta sauce that was so awesome that it would put most western cuisine restaurants in Malaysia to shame. This must be it.
I don’t even know what goes inside this sauce. There’s tomatoes for sure. I think there’s also onions, garlic, pepper, and some other stuff. Probably lots of other stuff. No meat though.
Mom said I can consume this sauce in many ways. I could use it as a sauce base for pizza. I could slather it onto slices of bread and make a toast (she doesn’t know the word bruschetta). But… man, pasta sauce. What better way to have it than… with pasta? Right?
So I went to get a packet of spirals. Italians would call this fusilli. This is Australian made, and it has three different colors, so the Aussies call it vegeroni. The red and green colored pieces are infused with tomato and spinach respectively. I had this before some months ago, and I love this. Not because they taste much more awesome, but because this convinces me that I am eating more veggies. Awesome!
Now, let’s talk about how to construct my dinner. It is very simple, really. I basically just boiled the pasta in salted water for 8 minutes, drained the pasta and poured them onto a plate. Then I poured the pasta sauce on top of the pasta. I didn’t even bother reheating the pasta sauce. Too lazy for it. I did let the sauce sit outside the fridge for 30 minutes to get it back to room temperature, and my hot pasta will do the rest of the job of heating the sauce up.
Lazy Man’s pasta equation: Hot pasta + Cold pasta sauce = Warm dinner
All that’s left is to sprinkle a bit of garlic granules, and drizzle some olive oil around the pasta, and I’m all set.
It was a bloody good dinner! My mom is awesome!