Spaghetti in Spicy Red Sauce

pastaIt’s Meatless Monday and I decided to make spaghetti in a spicy red sauce.  Here’s how I did it.  First off, I filled a pot of water, added a good pinch of kosher salt, and put it on the stove to boil.  For the sauce, I added a chopped shallot and two chopped cloves of garlic to a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and cooked it for about a minute and a half.  I then added a 28 ounce can of chopped San Marzano Style Tomatoes, one 8 ounce can of tomato sauce, and two tablespoons of tomato paste and let it cook together for a couple minutes.  I then added one tablespoon of sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.  Next one teaspoon of basil, one teaspoon of oregano, one tablespoon kosher salt, one teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper and a very large pinch of crushed red pepper flakes went into the pan.  I stirred this together and after another couple of minutes, I added a third cup of grated Pecorino Romano to the sauce and let it simmer for about 15 minutes.  Once the noodles were done boiling, I drained them and added the noodles right into the sauce and mixed it together.  I let it heat together for about five more minutes while I set the table and cut the garlic bread.  I topped the spaghetti with fresh basil.  A simple green salad was all that was needed to complete this wonderful Meatless Monday Meal.

Until next time, Kris

Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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