Getting angry with the sauce!

While I don’t cook all the time, I do really enjoy to cook. I do fancy myself a pretty good cook if I do say so myself 🙂 If you know me you know that one of my favorite things to eat and cook are pasta dishes. I seriously could eat pasta every day of my life, but I resist because I’m sure I would start to look pretty doughy if I indulged! ha ha

Last night I posted on my Facebook that I was making my delicious homemade Arrabbiata sauce and within minutes I was getting many requests to share my recipe. Since there seemed to be a bit of a demand for the recipe and the sauce is so tasty I decided I would share my recipe. If you’re not familiar with Arrabbiata (Italian for ‘angry’), in a nutshell its base is a quickie tomato sauce with crushed red pepper, garlic and lemon juice. It’s amazingly delicious not to mention one serving is only around 200 calories (one cup of pasta with half a cup of sauce)! Not too shabby for a delicious pasta dinner when you’re counting calories.

Arrabbiata (The Angry Sauce)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 14 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes (undrained)
1 14oz can of Italian plum tomatoes or crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or 2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder (of course you can use more, I just don’t like things very garlicky)
1 tbsp lemon juice
ground black pepper to taste

Add oil, tomato paste and undrained tomatoes to saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the rest of ingredients and allow to simmer for 10 to 40 mins (the longer it simmers the spicier the sauce will be). Pour over pasta and serve hot.

Traditionally, it’s served over penne, but I prefer it over angel hair. If you like you can add the meat of your choice, sometimes I like to use crumbled Italian sausage or meatballs. I also made some wheat garlic bread sprinkled with a little grated parmesan.

I hope you try and love this recipe as much as I do! If you do try it, let me know what you think!

xoxo, Amy

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