Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

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  • Easy, light and flavorful pomodoro sauce recipe to spice up your dinners.

    lighten up after new years with pasta pomodoro

    Immediately following Christmas, we enter into the biggest birthday month of the year, celebrating Ani’s, Adalyn’s and mine within days and weeks of one another. It’s a bit challenging to try to eat healthier with an abundance of birthdays, but I’m making the best of our non-birthday dinners so that I can stay on track {and in my pants}.

    I don’t believe in completely changing our diets because it’s a new year or we need to drop a few pounds, but I do lighten up our favorite meals, including this spicy pomodoro sauce. It’s so quick and easy to make and so flavorful that I’m not missing a thing – except an extra pound on my hips.

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    This pomodoro sauce and pasta is so light in calories, making it the perfect dinner to warm you up this winter while trying to lighten up your menu.

    This pomodoro sauce was inspired by one of my local favorites – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta. In fact, rather than making homemade pasta on this occasion, I picked up fresh fiori noodles there. The girls love their floral shape.

    fiori pasta pomodoro

    I love taking notes on flavors, referring to the menu and asking servers for cues to recreate recipes at home where I’m not subjected to bread staring me down at the table screaming for me to dip it in oil.

    spicy pomodoro sauce easy weeknight dinner

    Unlike the pomodoro technique there’s no method needed to make this simple pasta dish!

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    lighten up pasta with this pomodoro sauce

    how to make pomodoro pasta

    Chris said this spicy pomodoro recipe {which likely has far less oil} is better than the original. I hope you love it, too! If you make one of my recipes, I’d love to hear from you! Please return to rate clicking the stars next to your comment to help other readers.

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    How to make pomodoro sauce:

    lighten up pasta with this pomodoro sauce
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    Spicy Pomodoro Sauce

     Lighten up your favorite pasta with this spicy pomodoro sauce recipe. It's so quick , easy, light and delicious, perfect for a weeknight dinner.

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine Italian
    Keyword easy dinner, easy recipe, low calorie, low fat, pasta, sauce
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 20 minutes
    Servings 4
    Calories 594 kcal


    • 2 Tbsp olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp butter
    • 1 Tbsp garlic minced
    • 1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
    • 1 lb can whole peeled tomatoes
    • 2 Tbsp mascarpone
    • 3/4 oz basil chopped {about 3 Tbsp fresh}
    • 1 c arugula
    • salt
    • pepper
    • parmesan to garnish
    • 1 lb pasta


    1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare pasta according to package instructions.
    2. In a large saucepan over low heat, warm olive oil, butter, minced garlic and red pepper flakes, stirring to not burn the garlic until butter is melted.
    3. Add tomatoes and increase temperature to medium heat. Crush tomatoes with a potato masher or wooden spoon and stir occasionally for 10 minutes or until it reaches desired consistency. 
    4. Stir in mascarpone, basil and salt and pepper to taste. 
    5. Remove from heat and stir pasta and arugula. Garnish with parmesan to serve.

    Recipe Notes

     You can increase or reduce red pepper flakes to adjust spiciness. 

    Nutrition Facts
    Spicy Pomodoro Sauce
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 594 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Saturated Fat 7g35%
    Cholesterol 22mg7%
    Sodium 238mg10%
    Potassium 514mg15%
    Carbohydrates 90g30%
    Fiber 5g20%
    Sugar 5g6%
    Protein 16g32%
    Vitamin A 1035IU21%
    Vitamin C 12.9mg16%
    Calcium 90mg9%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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