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


  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*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 238mg 10%
Potassium 514mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 90g 30%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 5g
Protein 16g 32%
Vitamin A 20.7%
Vitamin C 15.6%
Calcium 9%
Iron 16.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.