Monday, March 1, 2010

Spicy Marinara Sauce – a great way to serve those meatballs!

Ok, so yesterday we made some meatballs. Good. Today, let’s have some fun with them, and make a spicy marinara sauce and serve them with some pasta!

Spicy marinara Sauce:

1 can Tomato puree

2 cloves garlic, crushed

½ t. salt (to taste)

½ t. pepper

¼ t. red pepper flakes

2 t. Italian seasoning blend (Mixture of Basil and Oregano)

1 T. tomato paste

2 T. red wine, or 1 T. red wine or balsamic vinegar

1 t. sugar

2 t. olive oil

Heat oil on medium heat in a sauce pan. Add pepper, red pepper flakes, and Italian seasoning to the oil, and gently stir for a minute or two. Add remaining ingredients, stirring well. Simmer over low heat for at least 30 minutes, up to 2 hours. Serve over pasta and meatballs.

If you are like me, you will drown your pasta in parmesan cheese, so you can just add some to the sauce and save yourself some of the trouble - this sauce is really fantastic when you add about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to the mix.

Be very careful with those red pepper flakes. It's very easy to make this just a bit too spicy (at least for me)

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