Spicy Tomato Sauce

Spicy tomato sauce by Wendy ingorvaiaAnybody who knows me knows how much I love to cook Italian food.  While red sauce often feels like a cliche, there are plenty of fun ways you can explore with it, and it’s delicious!  It might sound difficult and labor-intensive, but the basic structure of tomato sauce is actually pretty simple!  Here is a recipe I found online for spicy tomato sauce.  It’s absolutely delicious, so if you’re up for some Italian cooking get out your saucepan!


Olive oil

1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped

3 cloves of garlic, diced

1 tsp ground oregano

1 tsp red chili flakes

¼ cup fresh chopped parsley

¼ cup freshly chopped basil

28 oz can of strained or diced tomatoes

2 fresh tomatoes, cut up

Dark Belgian-style beer

Salt, pepper and sugar to taste


Heat up ¼ cup of olive oil in a saucepan

Add in the chopped onions and sauté for a few minutes, until they begin to appear translucent

Add diced garlic and sauté with the onions

Add fresh and dried herbs, then mix it all together with a wooden spoon

Add in the fresh tomatoes and let the mixture cook down for a couple minutes

Add in the can of strained tomatoes, in addition to a couple generous pours of beer

Bring the sauce to a boil and add salt, pepper and sugar to taste

Reduce the sauce to a simmer for at least an hour and a half (or more, if you’d like)

While the sauce is cooking, be sure to taste frequently to see if anything needs to be added

When it’s ready to eat, serve the sauce however you’d like: with pasta, on pizza or maybe with chicken parmesan!