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 is founder and editor-in-chief of Beyondish, a food review and storytelling website. He is the author or ghostwriter of eight books, including 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. He still muses about food, relationships and parenting at his website, Food for Marriage. A New Yorker and Parisian at heart, he has scripted conferences in Paris for CNN and Fortune magazine. Ken and his wife, a professor, split their time between Brooklyn, NY and Chicago. You can follow him on Instagram @foodformarriage



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