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Easy Dinners: Bow Tie Pasta

by Emma on June 4, 2012

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Before we talk about pasta, tomato sauce, quick weeknight dinners or whatever else I will probably ramble on about I gotta say something:


It’s not done done. We will probably have some rewriting to do, maybe a few more photos to take. But over the weekend my sister and I turned in our very first book together, and I really can’t think about anything else. I feel so so excited, and happy and sort of relieved (that was a big project dude). I love hanging out here on the blog and cracking (awkward) jokes while sharing recipes, but my main jam is A Beautiful Mess. So thanks for your patience while I’ve been MIA lately, or at least it’s felt that way.

After finishing things up late last night I went to bed (duh). This morning when I woke up I felt excited to do every me-project I could dream up. Here’s a list of things I got excited about:

Cleaning my house, giving my dog a bath, painting my toe nails, building a fire in my pit and making s’mores, working on a few home projects, mopping my floors, researching alternative flours (thought I forgot, didn’t you?), riding my bike, catching up with a few friends, trying hot yoga, finishing my current fantasy novel, getting my car fix (it’s been acting weird)…

And as I review this list I can’t help but notice that I just might be the lamest person that ever lived. Not sorry.

And on that note, let’s talk easy homemade tomato sauce. (I’m amazing at segways. Obvs.)

Easiest Ever Homemade Tomato Sauce, makes about 3 cups.

Needed: 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2-3 cloves minced garlic, 1 28 ounce can whole stewed tomatoes, 1/2 yellow onion, salt, pepper, cayenne or other spices.

In a pot lightly saute the minced garlic in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Strain the tomatoes and dump these in the pot. Half your whole onion and remove the skin, add the entire half to the pot (we’re going to remove it later so you want it to be in a whole piece). Let this cook and mingle on low heat for 20 minutes or so.

In the mean time cook your pasta. I like bow ties. They seem fancy. I like sautéed onion and soy sausage. I like chopped cilantro. I can do all this while my tomato sauce simmer. Pretty cool, huh?

Remove the onion. I use an immersion blender to blend my sauce at this point. You could do this in a blender. You could do this with a wooden spoon for a more rustic sauce. Whatever. You pick. Choose your own adventure. Now taste and add your spices accordingly.

And that’s how you do a pasta dinner with homemade tomato sauce in under 30 minutes. You’re welcome. xo. Emma


robyn June 4, 2012 at 6:17 pm

that is SO exciting. The book. not the pasta. that looks good though!

Monsterscircus June 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Congrats, on almost being finish with the book. Uhm lovely plate, have a wonderful day!

Lanna June 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Um, you’re wonderful. I read your blog and can’t help but think we’d be fantastic friends! AND you inspire me (the cereal and milk for every meal kinda girl) to actually try to make something delicious.

Meghan June 4, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Congrats on finishing the manuscript! I know there is still soo much work ahead of you two.

Aren’t canned tomatoes just the jam? There one of the best pantry staples, because you can make sauce or add them to soups or sautes.

Trish June 4, 2012 at 7:55 pm

That sounds like the kind of list I’d make too. So at least we can be lame together :)

veronique June 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Katy Elizabeth June 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Yum, yum… this looks so lush!

BeeMee June 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I love bow tie pasta! It always looks pretty in any dish :)

Sarah June 4, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I’m SO excited for your book!


shannon June 4, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I was just wondering what to make for dinner and this looks perfect! Fresh, light and delicious.

Louise Amabilis June 5, 2012 at 1:11 am
Lesley June 5, 2012 at 2:29 am

Congrats on completing your first book! That’s a huge achievement. :)

teddi June 5, 2012 at 4:34 am

emma, time to yourself isn’t boring! :P sometimes life needs some easy pasta. just sayin. way to go on your near book wrap.

Elsa June 5, 2012 at 5:42 am

I make several versions of this recipe on a regular basis (especially on days that work long hours), I also recommend adding a couple tablespoons of ricotta and basil for a smooth, creamy and fresh version. Congrats on finishing the book, really looking forward to reading it! :)

Sarah Rooftops June 5, 2012 at 8:33 am

Congratulations on the book! And, nah, that sounds like a great life to me!

Gracey June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Yum yum yum. This looks super easy (even for a baker like me!) Can’t wait to try it out! (Maybe to impress the man friend?) And congratulations on your book! You and your sister are too talented!!!

Anais Marteau June 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Love pasta ! :)
I’ve been cooking this too , so delicious.
yummy. Nice pictures & blog
xx Anais ;)

Rachel June 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I love bow tie pasta. This looks fresh and light. Love it.

Julia June 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm

The pasta looks DELICIOUS.

CHICKYTHING June 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

The bow tie pasta is the prettiest food to me.

Brittany June 6, 2012 at 12:36 am

I’ve done hot yoga. It’s pretty great! I really like doing it in the evening. It can be really calming and relaxing. My friend will actually fall asleep during the classes! I can hear her snore sometimes. It’s hilarious. Have fun!

Katie June 6, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I’m so excited for the book! Is it just pictures or other things as well?

Lesley June 7, 2012 at 12:26 am

‘choose your own adventure’ – love that. Congrats on the book and a day well spent. You’re super cool in my world.

Chineka @ Savor The Baking June 7, 2012 at 2:37 am

I love pasta dishes and dinners. Congratulations on the book.

nicola lynde June 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

Looks super yum. The best pasta dishes are always so simple.

Joyce June 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Congrats on your Book! How exciting! Love the pasta, I am definitely going to try making that this week :)

Simply Joyce

heather June 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

love pasta! try these easy no cook sauce recipes here and here! they will not disappoint. that’s a promise.