Recipes for a Single Mom – Part 3

This is the last part of a series of recipes I’m sharing that I wrote for a single mom back in college. I met her while working at Starbucks. She was one of our semi-regular customers. She was looking to cook some healthy meals for her kids, but wasn’t sure where to start. So I offered to share a few recipes with her. Some of them were recipes I already had, and some were new ones I wrote for her.

Today, I am sharing a recipe for Arrabiata Sauce, which is a spicy tomato sauce.

The Recipe:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 28 ounce can tomato puree
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • fresh basil, chopped
  • fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • Spaghetti 

In a sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and parsley and sauté until the onions turn translucent. Remove to a heavy bottom pot or Dutch oven. Add the remaining ingredients. Under low heat, let simmer covered for 6 to 8 hours, stirring occasionally. To finish sauce, puree with an immersion blender or in a conventional blender, until it is mostly smooth.

Serve with spaghetti or a pasta of your choice. This goes great with meatballs, chicken meatballs, or Italian sausage. It also makes a great sauce for lasagna.

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