What an incredible year for tomatoes! Wow! And I still have more coming!! I’m almost glad that I have a “simple” deck garden. The thought of having a full-blown, in-ground garden is almost scary. I would be having nightmares of millions of tomatoes…wheel barrow after wheel barrow-full…more and more, coming and coming being dumped into my kitchen…YIKES!!!
I have had plenty of tomatoes for the year, that’s for sure! And I’ve really had a blast cooking with them! It’s been a fun challenge to take something so simple and turn it into something memorable, and this was another super fun way to use them!
I love Arrabbiata sauce, but I’ve only had it in restaurants. Most tomato-based Italian sauces are really simple to make, so I decided to try my own hand at it! It was “only” 40 of my home-grown roma tomatoes that I had been growing and babying for months, along with 3 gorgeous peppers I also grew myself. If it didn’t turn out, I’d just need therapy is all, right?
“Arrabbiata sauce” is basically just a simple italian-style tomato sauce kicked up with spicy hot red pepper flakes is all. Nothing overly complicated, and absolutely to die for made homemade from scratch instead of canned tomatoes!
I started with a nice simple sauté of peppers, sweet vidalia onion, minced garlic, olive oil and kosher salt. A nice solid base for our sauce to start with!
Such beautiful fall colors already! 😀
From there, I really had fun kicking it up and adding a lot of my favorites such as homegrown fresh-dried herbs from my herb garden, a little Cabernet Sauvignon for extra body, a pinch of butter for extra richness, a nice big bay leaf, a touch of sweetness from a bit of dark brown sugar, and an extra boost from a little chipotles in adobo sauce, and of course, the star of the sauce that makes it what it is, the crushed red pepper flakes! 😉
Here it is just about done! Thick, rich and the entire NEIGHORHOOD smells like Emeril Lagasse himself came to visit and is cooking in my kitchen! 😀 (I wish!!)
And now it’s done! No more watery juices from the tomatoes remain and pool! I wanted this to be unbelievably rich…I think I accomplished that, what do you think? 😉 😀
I never did learn how to can, which was on my “must-learn-to-do” list for the summer. 🙁 So this just makes two jars to use right away. I’m sure this recipe is NOT safe to just can, so please don’t can this. You can, however, freeze it, though.
*If planning on freezing this, you can freeze in glass jars, but make sure you leave at LEAST 1″ of headspace at the top to make room for expansion so that the jars don’t break.
The uses for this deep-red, spicy-delicious sauce are truly endless! You can use it for anything you would a regular marinara or spaghetti sauce keeping in mind that it has a kick! 😉 😀
I hope that you make this before the season is over, and before the sweet, juicy, flavorful summer tomatoes disappear! It truly is a unique and spectacular sauce that you can control how much heat it has! Take care all and enjoy those last warm days of summer! ~Kelly
less if your tomatoes are super sweet (