No, pasta with tomato sauce is not a unique Greek dish, but pasta with tomato sauce visits the Greek dinner tables quite often. This delicious sauce contains typical Greek ingredients such as ouzo and olives or capers, and can be made while the pasta cooks. The typical Greek way is to eat this, is to load up your plate with pasta and just add a little sauce on top. In other words, it is important that the sauce has lots of flavour.
Sauce for 1 person:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
- 2 to 3 tablespoons ouzo
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/3 cup water
- dried oregano
- olives or capers
- salt, pepper
- In addition, you need pasta and grated cheese, any kind you like.
Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
Heat the oil, but not too much, and add the garlic. The garlic should not brown, just soften a little. Add the ouzo and simmer for one minute. Add tomato puree, water and spices, and as much olives or capers as you want. Let this simmer without a lid, waiting for the pasta to be ready – here I assume that you’ll use pasta that cooks in 10 – 15 minute. Eat the food with a lot of cheese, and then some more cheese.
As a variation, you can brown some chicken pieces in the oil before adding the garlic.