That said, I decided to nickname the following sauce after that classic American novel. Can you guess its real name? Here are some clues:
Sparks will fly and your heart will race when you taste this passionate, tastebud-tempting tomato sauce commonly known by its Italian name, which begins with the letter that was scarlet in the famous book.
Traditionally served with penne pasta (and shown here over spaghetti squash), this crimson sauce might make you "angry" if you don't appreciate hot & spicy foods.
Still not sure what its name is? Maybe the ingredients will give it away.... If not, you'll find the answer in the postscript at the very end of this post.
1 cup diced onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 28oz can diced tomatoes, undrained*
1/2 cup red wine
1 tsp (or more to taste) crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp (or more to taste) salt
2 Tbs finely chopped fresh parsley
Optional Toppings: Grated or shredded parmesan cheese, chopped parsley
*For the sauce shown in the photo, I used a can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes, which added an earthy smokiness and robust depth to the sauce. For a more traditional brighter, more fruity tomato flavor, use a can of regular diced tomatoes.
|Before the cheese & parsley|
Note: I like to keep this sauce chunky, as shown in the photo; if you prefer a smoother sauce, use a hand-held immersion or stick blender to process to your desired texture. You can also pour into a blender to puree as desired (you may need to work in batches).
PS: The real name of my Scarlet Letter pasta sauce is Arrabiata, which means "angry" or "rabid" in Italian -- no doubt a reference to its generous (by Italian standards) use of hot chilies and its resulting fiery flavor! If you enjoy hot and spicy foods, be sure to check out our newest hot sauces at the Carolina Sauces online store.