Pasta with Spicy Red Sauce

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Pasta with Spicy Red Sauce

Cooking has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Ask anyone in my family and they will tell you about the days where I used to make “Lindsey Surprise,” which was whatever I could find to throw into a casserole and top with cheese. In recent years my taste for food has become more refined.

Last night I was feeling inspired by the fresh basil growing in our yard. By most accounts I usually have very little luck keeping any kind of plant alive, yet alone a useful plant like basil, but this year I have had unexpected luck and we have enjoyed lots of tasty treats with our basil.  Which brings me to last nights dinner, Pasta with Spicy Red Sauce. I have been making this recipe for several years because it is simple and an affordable “go to” meal.

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Ingredients:

Half an onion diced

Two whole cloves garlic minced

1 28 oz can Italian Peeled Tomatos

Fresh Basil

Fresh Thyme

Fresh Oregano

Olive Oil

Red Chili Pepper

Salt and Pepper

Oh… and a few splashes of good white wine

Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil into a large sauté pan.

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When oil is heated, add the diced onion and both of the minced garlic cloves.

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A great way to know when the onion and garlic is cooked is to look for a translucency in the onion.

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When the onion and garlic are translucent add the can of tomatoes.

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Aren’t those tomatoes beautiful? Worth ponying up a couple bucks more for the good whole tomatoes. I am all for store brand…. but you do not get that color red in the generic can.

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Add Salt…

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And pepper…

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Two shakes of red chili flake… this is what gives the sauce heat so be careful with how much you add.

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While the tomatoes begin to heat through on medium heat, begin prepping your fresh herbs.

I like to stack my basil leaves one on top of the other and then I roll them like a cigar. Now you can run your knife through them at an angle to get that great julienne cut without bruising your basil.

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Then chop the oregano and thyme…

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Add them to your simmering sauce.

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Stir…

And this is the part where I add a splash of white wine. What I am using is the Kirkland Brand Chardonnay from Costco. Great  affordable bottle to keep on hand for cooking or for drinking 🙂

Not sure if this is correct form but it is just how I have made this sauce in recent years. After making it with and without the wine I can say it adds a depth of flavor and helps break down and reduce the sauce.

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Allow sauce to simmer on lower heat for 15 mins.

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A great way to know when the sauce is ready is the whole tomatoes will break down. As you stir the sauce while it simmers give the tomatoes a good mash… it only helps the process along.

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Toss with your favorite pasta. I used thin spaghetti.

Garnish with basil and fresh grated parmesan and serve.

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Affordable and elegant Pasta with Red Spicy Sauce

Bon Appétit

xoxo~ Lindsey

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