HEALTHY DINNER PASTA  WITH ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE

 Sometimes simplest is best. This easy-to-make tomato sauce has a rich depth of flavour, owing to the slow-roasting. Try to find large plum tomatoes for the sauce as they are less watery than other varieties. This sauce is delicious over any type of pasta.

ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE

  • 2 pounds/450g ripe plum tomatoes, cored and halved
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • Ground black pepper

PASTA

  • 8 ounces/225g whole-grain or bean-based pasta of choice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Brazil Nut Parm 

FOR THE ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE: Preheat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Line a large, rimmed baking tray with a silicone mat or baking parchment.

Place the tomato halves, cut side up, in the prepared baking tray. Sprinkle with the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning and black pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for about 2 hours, or until the tomatoes begin to break down and release their juices. If you prefer a richer-tasting sauce, leave the tomatoes in the oven for an additional 30 to 45 minutes, or until caramelized.

Remove the tray from the oven and transfer the tomato mixture to a food processor. Process until the tomato sauce reaches the consistency you prefer. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan and heat over a low heat until hot. Taste and adjust the seasonings, if needed.

FOR THE PASTA: Cook the pasta according to the package instructions in a pot of boiling water until al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. Add as much of the sauce as desired, tossing gently to coat the pasta, and heat the sauce. Serve hot, topped with basil or parsley and Brazil Nut Parm.


TOMATO SAUCE FOR PROSTATE CANCER

What about tomatoes versus lycopene, their antioxidant red pigment, and prostate cancer? A tomato sauce-based intervention decreased PSA concentrations in prostate cancer patients and free radical damage of their DNA.The whole may be more powerful than its parts when it comes to whole fruits and vegetables, compared to supplementing with an isolated single compound. 

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