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Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spicy Tomato Sauce

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We had an impromptu dinner party a couple weeks ago.  I wanted something fast and easy to make, so I used one of my fall on recipes for a spicy tomato sauce.  You know me I always have to take it to another level, so we did make fresh pasta, bucatini, to go with the sauce.   Our friend Chelsea wanted to learn how to make pasta using our new gadget so it was the perfect excuse for a mini-lesson and dinner.

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I have two tomato sauces I use if all else fails or for last minute dinners.  I like this one as it combines pancetta and carrots – something wonderful about adding carrots to your pasta sauce, it adds a nice depth.  We like this sauce spicy so we do add extra heat but adjust to your liking.  

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Add a couple bottles of Italian wine, some bread, a bowl of olives and you have the perfect impromptu meal!

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Yield: about 1 1/2 cups

Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spicy Tomato Sauce

Super easy Spicy Tomato Sauce recipe that is finished and ready to enjoy in 30 minutes! Make it as spicy as you like.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • splash of olive oil
  • 1/4 lb of pancetta, cut into small pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 28 ounce can of peeled tomatoes, splurge on a high-quality product
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons of crushed red chili flakes
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh pasta


    Heat olive oil in a dutch oven.
    Add pancetta and cook over low heat until golden brown, about 8 - 10 minutes. While cooking lets 's prepare the veggies.
    Using a food processor, mince the garlic, carrot and yellow onion.
    Add to the pancetta. Stir and cook for 3 minutes.
    Add the chili flakes.
    Add the tomatoes, stirring to break them up.
    Cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until thick.


You can make this mild or spicy by adjusting the amount of chili flakes.

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Wednesday 28th of August 2013

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jackie @ marin mama cooks

Monday 23rd of July 2012

Hi Denise. I just wanted to let you know that I'm going to make this tonight for dinner. I love the simplicity of it and I love that it uses pantry ingredients. I have everything here at the house so you have saved me a trip to the grocery store. Yippee! I love when that happens.

I will let you know how the troops like it.

xoxo, Jackie

Megan Gordon

Saturday 15th of May 2010

Ah yes...not sure how I missed this post the first time around, but I've been coveting the pasta attachment for quite some time now. Not quite sure why I haven't taken the plunge. This looks so, so satisfying and the pictures are really beautiful, Denise. Bookmarked the sauce recipe--carrots are a great idea! Have a great weekend (good luck with the class)

Punctuation Mark

Sunday 9th of May 2010

Delicious... perfect for a pasta night with friends!


Friday 7th of May 2010

Just when I thought I was all that because I used the pasta maker attachment for my KitchenAid, you guys have to go and show me up with ... a bucatini maker?! I went from not knowing it existed to absolutely needing to have it in the 2 minutes it took to read the post.

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