Melba's pasta Noodles of your choice 1/2 onion, chopped 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1 carrot, chopped 1 celery stick, chopped 4-6 tomatoes Handful of fresh basil, chopped Dash of white wine Olive oil salt, pepper parmesan cheese Turn on a huge pot of water. Prepare your tomatoes. On the side with the part you normally cut out, take a knife and make an x across the mark maybe 1-2 inches long in each direction cutting thru the skin only. When it boils, put the tomatoes into the water. let them boil 4 minutes or until you can see the skin starting to fall off. Remove the tomatoes and put them into a bowl with ice/water mixed. I now let them stay a minute or so in here. Add pasta and start your timer in the now empty big boiling pot, add a dash of salt to it (the flavor of the water should be like the ocean in salinity) Simultaneously, I add the olive oil into a medium hot stirfry/wok and then add the carrot, garlic, onion and celery and salt and pepper and let it cook maybe 5 min. I now get the tomatoes from the ice bath and remove the skin without burning my fingers. i cut out the mark thats at the end after i dump it into the stirfry pan with the rest of the veggies. i smash the tomatoes in with the veggies. Then i add the basil to it and maybe an ounce of wine and let it cook a few minutes. sometimes we serve this with parmesan cheese and make it a vegetarian dish. sometimes i buy some good sausage and cut into pieces and stirfry and add on top. this is really very simple but very delicious. My hubby likes more tomatoes in his sauce, so i often add a few extra.