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Spicy Tomato Pasta

Spicy Summer Tomato Orecchiette

A bright slightly spicy delicious and easy pasta dish, perfect for a weeknight meal.
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Italian


  • 1 Lb Orecchiette Pasta
  • 1 Extra Large Yellow or Red Heirloom Tomato
  • 2 Shallots
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Calabrian Chili
  • 3 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Freshly Cracked Pepper
  • 2 Tbs Grated Parmesan for Topping
  • 1 Bunch Chopped Fresh Basil for Topping


  • Get a large pot of water boiling over high heat. While the water is heating, get the sauce going. Once the water boils, cook the pasta until al dente.
  • Dice the tomato and set aside.
  • Mince the shallots and garlic and set aside.
  • Add 2 Tbs of olive oil to a large saucepan and turn to medium heat.
  • Add the tomatoes, shallot, garlic, Calabrian chili, salt and pepper to the pan, stir together and cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and mush (official cooking term) the tomato pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. This will help get the bursty tomato juices into the sauce.
  • Turn the heat up to high and cook for just an additional three to five minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Finally, remove the sauce from the heat and add the pasta, tossing together well.
  • Serve topped with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.
Keyword Easy Dinner Recipe, Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce, Pasta Recipe, Spicy Pasta Sauce, Weeknight Dinner Recipe