lighten up pasta with this pomodoro sauce

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
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 594kcal
Author Julie Blanner


  • 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


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and prepare pasta according to package instructions.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Stir in mascarpone, basil and salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Remove from heat and stir pasta and arugula. Garnish with parmesan to serve.


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


Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 514mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Vitamin C: 12.9mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 3mg