Saturday, February 11, 2012

I Love Pasta Arrabiata!

Since Valentine's day is coming up, I figured I would make a simple, delicious pasta dish.  Nothing is as romantic as pasta, at least I think so.
The first time I ever had pasta arrabiata was at my favorite restaurant, Il Mercato.  It happened to be the pasta special of the day and I fell in love.  Of course, this recipe would never do justice to their pasta arrabiata in any way, but it is super simple and super delicious.  I hope you enjoy!


This recipe has two steps, first you must make a "simple" sauce:

1 tbsp olive oil
1 can whole tomatoes, broken up by hand
1 small can tomato paste
2 tbsp basil

Heat oil in a medium saucepan.
Add tomatoes, paste and basil.
Simmer 10-15 minutes.
Set aside.

The assembling step:1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 1-1/2 tsp chili flakes
3 1/2 cups of the simple sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp parsley
1/4 cup kalamata olives (optional)

Heat oil in a pan.
Add onions and garlic, cook 5 minutes or until softened.
Add pepper flakes.
Stir in tomato sauce, lemon juice, and pepper.
Simmer 20-40 minutes depending on how spicy you want it.  The longer you simmer the sauce, the spicier it will be.
If it still isn't spicy enough, add more chili flakes.
Stir in parsley and olives.
Serve with spaghetti or penne.
Makes enough for 4-5 people.











I hope you love this pasta as much as I do!
Make sure you come back tomorrow because I will be posting my giveaway!

Until Next Time,
Jacqueline

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