An easy lazy rainy day comfort meal.... what more needs to be said?
3 or so cups of prepared pasta (I was using up leftovers)
1/2 pound of ground beef sauteed with some peppers, onion and garlic
1 cup or so of cherry tomatoes whole
8 oz can of tomato sauce (unflavored. I used Muir Glenn Organic)
5-6 leaves of fresh basil chopped finely
1 tsp of sugar
1 tsp garlic paste (found in produce section with fresh herbs)
Cheese to sprinkle on top (I used fresh Parmigiano Reggiano)
In a stainless steel pot, heat up the cherry tomatoes, on medium to high heat, until they char and begin to burst open. Heat for 10 minutes or so. Stir once in a while around the bottom of the pot. Once they are crackling and popping add in the the already cooked beef and mash down the tomatoes with any wooden spoon or spatula. Be careful, they really burst open and they could burn you. Stir in the tomato sauce, salt, pepper,garlic paste and sugar. Stir in cooked pasta and basil leaves. Continuously stir on low heat and allow flavors to blend for a minute or so on the heat. Top with cheese and enjoy!