Man in the Kitchen: Simple Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Man in the Kitchen: Simple Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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This is a great meal you can crank out in less than 15 minutes. Prep: Pour wine. Music on. Cell phone off. Cooking has never been more real or joyous.


  • 1-2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 cloves of garlic
  • One small onion
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • One pound of fresh or packaged pasta of any variety


  • Core the stems off the tomatoes and chop roughly
  • Scrape the tomato puree and juices in a bowl and put aside
  • Smash and mince the garlic, and dice the onion very finely
  • Add pasta to rapidly boiling water
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pan until shimmering
  • Sauté the garlic and onions together, stirring so they don’t burn
  • When the room smells like an Italian restaurant, dump the tomatoes in the pan
  • Raise heat to a near boil and add salt and pepper
  • Cook at high heat until tomatoes reduce down to a sauce
  • Drain pasta and dump in large pretty bowl.
  • Mix in the sauce thoroughly
  • Serve with grated Parmesan cheese
Ken Carlton
Ken Carlton is an author and screenwriter. He is currently working on the screenplay for his latest novel, FOOD FOR MARRIAGE. He co-authored the award-winning memoir, THE HUNGER, the story behind Greenwich Village’s celebrity hotspot, The Waverly Inn. Ken wrote the "His Point of View" column for Cosmopolitan and appeared as a “dating expert” on Oprah. His television credits include shows on ABC, CBS, HBO and PBS. A New Yorker and Parisian at heart, he has written for President Jacques Chirac and scripted conferences in Paris for CNN and Fortune magazine. Never far from his passion for food, he is producing a documentary on the fishing industry in New England. Ken and his wife, a professor, split their time between Brooklyn, NY and Chicago.



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