The crunch factor in pasta – The Game of Love

The Chilean poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda saw fit to pen a poem hailing tomatoes (“Ode to Tomatoes”) and I have added it at the end of this post in case any one wants to read it.

I never tire of a tomato sauce for pasta, especially in summer when the tomatoes are at their best and take hardly any time to cook.  I have recently grown besotted with adding a little bit of crunch to the sauce by way of toasted breadcrumbs … and it really goes to show that all it takes, sometimes, is Santana’s “a little bit of this, and a little bit of that” ( to create a scrumptuous (do you like the alliteration?) dish.  The Game of Love is true in the kitchen as it is elsewhere!

Start, as usual, by putting the water on the boil.  Then, get on with the sauce:


Cut most of these beauties in half …IMG_7094And put them inside a frying pan with some olive oil and as much or as little garlic as you like. Cook them over a fairly fierce heat.  They won’t be cooking for long … only a question of minutes.

And a few minutes later … this is what you get.  Sprinkle some salt (sugar is not usually required at this time of year but if the sauce is too acidic, by all means, do add half a teaspoon of sugar).  Add fresh herbs of your choice.  Basil and mint are lovely …


Once the pasta is in the boiling water and the sauce is ready …IMG_7096

Gently toast some bread crumbs in a pan with a little olive oil (only olive oil please, nothing else will do).


And do NOT do what I did … which was get a little cocky and not keep a beady eye on the toasting … I blinked and psssst, the breadcrumbs burnt to a cinder.  So Ihad to start all over again:


But this time, phew, I got it right!

IMG_7101 The pasta was ready to come out and mingle with the sauce …IMG_7102 Here it is, after having been tossed around quite a bit in the sauce.

IMG_7103 And here are some toasted breadcrumbs sprinkled over one dish …IMG_7104 And now over the other dish.

Lunch for two … cheap and cheerful, quick and easy … what more do you want?


“Ode to Tomatoes”

The street
filled with tomatoes,
light is
its juice
through the streets.
In December,
the tomato
the kitchen,
it enters at lunchtime,
its ease
on countertops,
among glasses,
butter dishes,
blue saltcellars.
It sheds
its own light,
benign majesty.
Unfortunately, we must
murder it:
the knife
into living flesh,
a cool
populates the salads
of Chile,
happily, it is wed
to the clear onion,
and to celebrate the union
child of the olive,
onto its halved hemispheres,
its fragrance,
salt, its magnetism;
it is the wedding
of the day,
its flag,
bubble vigorously,
the aroma
of the roast
at the door,
it’s time!
come on!
and, on
the table, at the midpoint
of summer,
the tomato,
star of earth, recurrent
and fertile
its convolutions,
its canals,
its remarkable amplitude
and abundance,
no pit,
no husk,
no leaves or thorns,
the tomato offers
its gift
of fiery color
and cool completeness.


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10 Responses to The crunch factor in pasta – The Game of Love

  1. I never tire of tomatoes either 🙂

  2. Breadcrumbs over pasta is a Sicilian thing I think. Nice!

  3. Did you get my message?

  4. I am going to make this simple and very yummy dish tonight! Thank you! 😀
    (Please discard my message above and this in the parenthesis. First message did not go through and I had to test.)

  5. So glad that you keep your mistakes on show as it warns others of the hazards. I’ve had so many of my own recently I wouldn’t know where to start. Oh, tonight’s post springs to mind 🙂

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