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(recipe, Kim Carlson)
Garlic — lots of it — is the not-so-secret ingredient to Rita Hart's tasty sauce. The really wonderful thing is that you can improvise and the sauce will still be delicious; I practically feel Italian when I start throwing in ingredients. Have some pesto on hand? Toss it in at the last minute. Crave a meaty addition? Brown an Italian chicken sausage removed from its casing and cook it in the oil before adding the garlic. Like the flavor of oregano? Add 1/2 tsp. This sauce is really good on cheese tortellini or penne. A grating of fresh Parmesan cheese finishes the dish. Bellissimo!
If you have fresh tomatoes, chop a few and include them instead of the canned version. Just be sure you cook it long enough to get to the right consistency (you don't want watery sauce). Read an account of learning to make a favorite pasta sauce.