Turkish Style Simple Spaghetti (Sade Uzun Makarna)

When you think of spaghetti, what usually comes to mind is probably the sauce. Well, this spaghetti recipe has very little sauce; just enough to give it a nice flavor. It has very few ingredients which by the way, does not hinder it from tasting delicious. Sometimes, I just like my food plain and this is one of those dishes that I do like plain. When I was little, my mother used to make it and loved it. I still do. A plate of salad would go perfectly with this. Enjoy.

½ package angel hair pasta or spaghetti
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 ½ tsp salt
Pinch of ground black pepper (optional)
¾ cup water

For Boiling Pasta:

½ tsp canola oil
½ tsp salt
½ full pot of water

To Cook the Pasta:

Boil water for cooking the pasta. Thin pasta only needs 3-4 minutes to cook. To be safe, follow directions on the package. As soon as the water boils, add salt and oil so that the pasta does not stick together. Remove from heat and drain.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot. In a small bowl, dissolve the tomato paste in the water. Add the dissolved tomato paste to the pot with the olive oil. Let it simmer. Stir the sauce and add the pasta. Sprinkle the salt and mix well so that the tomato sauce is integrated with the pasta. Adjust the salt to your taste and if you wish, you may add some black pepper before serving.

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