Hello again! Its been quite a while since my last post, apologies – but its for a very exciting reason that I can’t share with you just yet, (but will spill the beans soon, I promise). I hope this easy and totally delicious arrabbiata sauce recipe will make up for the wait!
What a lovely, sunny summer it has been, (though I type in the middle of a thunderstorm and torrential rain!). All that sunshine has infused home-grown tomatoes with the sweetest of flavours this year, reminding us what tomatoes are supposed to taste like, (rather than the plastic-wrapped excuses for tomatoes we buy in supermarkets in December).
If you grow your own, you will be familiar with the annual cycle: waiting, waiting and more waiting for that first tomato to be ripe enough to pick, (and that delicious first bite that’s the best tomato taste of the year), followed a month or so later by every single other tomato on the stalk ripening at exactly the same time so that you have piles and piles of tomatoes you just can’t keep up with.
Well, to preserve and enhance their lovely sweetness and flavour, and to have some devilishly tasty arrabbiata sauce on standby for a quick pasta supper, I’ve just made a big batch of this lovely roasted sauce. It keeps brilliantly in the freezer so you can still have a taste of that tomato-trapped sunshine in the depths of winter.
I like my arrabbiata, (literally ‘angry’ sauce), nice and spicy – but do add as much or as little chilli as you like, or leave it out completely for a simple tomato sauce. Remember that the fiery heat of chilli is always tamed a little in the freezer, so you can afford to be a bit more liberal than you think with the crushed chillies!
Roasting the tomatoes rather than just cooking this in a frying pan really brings out the flavours: their natural sugars start to caramelise, and their juices infuse with the roasted garlic, chilli, oregano and thyme which give this sauce its lovely rich flavour.
A super-powerful blender (like my beast of an Optimum Blender) will make light work of blitzing this into a velvety-smooth arrabbiata sauce, but if you’re using a little hand blender or similar, just keep at it for quite a few minutes until the skins and seeds are as pulverised as possible!
This makes a wonderful pasta sauce, but I also use it in all sorts of other ways – in wraps with hot vegan sausages, stirred through rice as a spicy side dish, or even as a sauce for homemade vegan pizzas. What will you do with yours?
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Arrabbiata Sauce: Equipment & Shopping List
You will need:
- Large baking tray or roasting tin
- Blender or food processor (or a large bowl and hand blender)
- Fresh tomatoes
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh basil leaves
- Olive oil
- Dried crushed chillis
- Dried oregano
- Dried thyme
- Balsamic vinegar
This roasted arrabbiata sauce is packed with flavour, with your choice of chilli heat, garlic, herbs and sweet roasted tomatoes.
- 1 kg (2lb) fresh tomatoes
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed (or 2 tsp ready-chopped garlic or garlic purée)
- 1-2 tsp dried crushed chillis (depending how hot you like your arrabbiata!)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- black pepper
- 2 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
- 14-16 fresh basil leaves
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp sugar
Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F / gas mark 6.
Halve the tomatoes, (or quarter them if using larger tomatoes), and tip into a large bowl. Add the garlic, chilli, oregano, thyme, salt, a generous grind of black pepper, and oil, then toss together until the tomatoes are evenly coated with the oil and seasonings.
Tip into a large roasting tin or baking tray and turn over the tomatoes so that they are skin-side down / cut-side up as pictured above. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes until they have released their juices and are turning brown.
Remove from the oven, and carefully spoon the tomatoes and all their juices and flavourings into a blender, along with the basil leaves, balsamic vinegar and sugar. Blitz until completely smooth, (this may take up to a minute), then serve with pasta or divide into tubs or bags to freeze in individual portions.
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If you liked this pasta sauce, take a look at some of my other pasta ideas:
- Linguine with Red Wine, Olive and Pinto Bolognese
- Pappardelle with Cavolo Nero & Walnut Sauce
- Pasta alla Genovese (with Broccoli & Walnut Pesto)
- Speedy & Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
I’m linking this recipe with a number of blogging challenges:
- Meat Free Mondays hosted by Jac at Tinned Tomatoes
- Credit Crunch Munch hosted by Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families and Helen at Fuss Free Flavours
- Pasta Please hosted by Chris at Thinly Spread and Jac at Tinned Tomatoes
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