Sicilian Pasta with Tomatoes, Basil and Olives (v)

OK so this isn’t strictly Sicilian pasta I am sure. But I saw Rick Stein make something like this on his Mediterranean adventure programme a few days ago and thought I like the look of that. The experiment worked and this was totally lush.

For 2 hungry people you need:
200g long pasta
handful fresh tomatoes
handful olives, sliced
pinch chilli flakes
salt and pepper
handful shredded basil leaves
2 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove, smashed

Begin by cooking the pasta. Meanwhile heat the oil in a saute pan and add the garlic. Stir to flavour the oil but don’t colour the garlic. Strictly speaking you’re supposed to remove the garlic now but frankly that’s a heinous crime so keep it in and enjoy it in the sauce. Chop the tomatoes in half and squeeze out the seeds, discard the seeds. Roughly chop the tomato flesh and add to the hot pan. Season and stir well to cook down the tomatoes. Add the olives and chilli flakes. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce pan. Coat well, mixing in the basil leaves. Serve, scoff, smile 🙂

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