Art of Cooking: Habanero Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Pasta

This recipes is for the books and it is super easy to make! I chose to throw it over spaghetti but you can pour it over any pasta like rigatoni or cheese ravioli. Even a white fish or red meat could work out nicely! This recipe is particularly good for those want to make a no garlic, garlic-less pasta sauce.

What You’ll Need:

1 large and plump red heirloom tomato (diced)

1 sprig of dried rosemary (peel off of stem)

2 tbsps olive oil

2 tsps habanero sea salt

2 tsps hungarian paprika

2 tsps basil

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 medium onion (diced)

Black pepper

Parmesean Cheese

Sea salt (if necessary – you’ll see below)

Habanero pepper (if necessary – you’ll see below)

How to make:

In a large skillet, pour 2 tbsp olive oil. Allow to heat up. Peel and dice your medium onion. Allow to saute in the skillet until transparent but not entirely golden brown.

As your onions saute, dice your heirloom tomato. It doesn’t have to be perfect. The riper the better. The heat will make it disperse nicely in the pan. Add your tomato to the skillet with the onions.

Lower your temperature to medium low heat. Add your basil, paprika, rosemary and habanero sea salt. Habanero sea salt comes in several flavors. It is sea salt infused with the spiciness of habanero peppers. I used about a pinch of the hottest version, fuego sea salt and 2 tsps of habanero sea salt. If you don’t have anything like that in your kitchen. You can dice and saute a fresh habanero in olive oil in a separate pan then add to your tomatoes. It won’t be the same but it will be similar.

If you choose to go the habanero pepper route, be sure to use a 1 – 2 tsps of sea salt in your dish as a substitute.

Gently stir your ingredients together. Add your flour. Flour thickens the sauce. Be sure to mix together thoroughly with a spoon. It won’t be lumpy if you use the right amount and your tomato was ripe and juicy enough.

Stir well and allow your ingredients to blend together. Reduce to a simmer.

Allow your habanero heirloom tomato sauce to stay warm in the pan until your pasta or meat is finished cooking. When ready to serve, spoon a hearty portion onto your dish and sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top!