As I was browsing through pasta recipes, I was deciding whether to make carbonara or just tomato-based type. I reckon that my mum don't like cheese so I decided to go for the tomato-based versions. She actually wanted me to make the olio aglio again but I told her I need to try new recipes please so she doesn't have a choice. Hehe... :P
I did not want to buy those store-bought pasta sauces which is easily available as I wanted to make my own. :)
First I cooked the pasta. Concurrently as the pasta was cooking in the simmering water, I fried some onions, added tomato sauce, fresh ripe tomatoes and water and cook until the sauce thickened; then I added mushrooms and fresh basil, seasoned with salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked, my sauce was done and I poured the sauce all over and mixed throughly. Oh I forgot to mention that I also stir-fried some sliced bell peppers and red chilli at the beginning and set them aside. There you are, a simply tomato-based linguine!
Please pardon me for the bad description above as this wasn't meant to be the recipe that I'm sharing. I made this dish without following any recipe, so I don't think it's good enough to be shared. The sauce was not enough for two servings, and I think it could have been better with more herbs and onions; while the pasta was way too much for two persons. :( Poor judgement I have. Hehe. :P Luckily my mum is not a fussy eater and she actually finds it quite tasty. :)
I wanted to finish off with some cheddar cheese and only then did I realise the packet of cheddar cheese which I had used only once had gone mouldy. :( Thank god I did not attempt to make carbonara in the first place. Hmmm..I must really refrain from impulsive buying of ingredients if I don't intend to use it often.