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Our Three Red Sauce Staples For Any Pasta Dish!

Blog Date: 2017-11-09
Author: aflorian


Craving pasta but undecided on which sauce to make with it? We're bringing you our three favorite red sauces in today's post so your cravings never have to go unsatisfied!  Recipe by recipe we have our favorite amatriciana, arrabbiata and bolognese sauces.  Buon appetito!

Amatriciana - Named for the Italian town, Amatrice, this sauce is classic, spicy and traditionally made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), black and/or red pepper flakes and pecorino cheese! Here's our recipe:
  • 28 oz. can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 lb. bucatini pasta
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 lb. guanciale or pancetta, diced
  • 2 tbsp. evoo
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • handful fresh basil leaves
  • pecorino cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: In a food processor, blend tomatoes until smooth and set aside.

Step 2: In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add guanciale or pancetta. Sautee for five minutes or until golden brown.

Step 3: Add in garlic and red pepper flakes and sautee for one minute.  Next, add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper.  On medium-low heat, stir and then let cook, uncovered for about 15 minutes.  The sauce will thicken.  Toss with your cooked bucatini and garnish with parsley and cheese!

Arrabbiata - For those that don't know, "arrabbiata" means "angry" which in this case refers to the spiciness of the sauce.  This is a pretty easy sauce to throw together, and it's super flavorful so it's a great option for the next time you're craving red sauce!
  • 2 cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Step 1: In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until onions are tender.

Step 2: Add in tomato paste, lemon juice, tomatoes, seasoning, red pepper flakes, basil, sugar and wine and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.

Step 3: Add in parsley and pour over the pasta of your choice!

Bolognese - Probably the most time intensive one to make of our list here, our bolognese is the perfect meat sauce when you're craving a heartier red. Step 1: In a large sauce pan, pour your olive oil and saute your garlic and onion on a medium/low heat.

Step 2: Once the onions have softened, add the carrot and celery and saute all together for a few minutes.

Step 3: Add the beef and raise the heat to medium/high. Saute until all the meat has browned.

Step 4: Pour in your sauce, parsley, and salt and pepper, and let cook over a low heat for around 20 minutes.  

Step 5: Pour over the pasta of your choice and top with parmesan cheese!

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