Nana’s Recipes: Spaghetti Fra Diavolo


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One thing that we all seem to have in common, is almost every family has a spaghetti night. It’s one of those staple meals that are so quick and easy, and no doubt every family has their own version. Well since we’re in Texas, I thought we could go over a spicy marinara sauce called Fra Diavolo (Brother Devil). There’s just something special about adding that little zing to a meal, so here we go!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Basil leaves
  • Mint leaves
  • fresh Parsley
  • garlic
  • red pepper flakes
  • tomato puree
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil

You’ll cook the pasta in the usual way: Fill a pot with water, add a couple teaspoons of salt, and bring to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for five or six minutes, until the spaghetti is almost al dente. While the pasta is cooking you can whip the sauce together. Add two thirds cup of olive oil to a sauce pan on medium heat, and after the oil is heated add very thin sliced garlic (to taste) and stir often. When the garlic is almost that awesome french fry color, add a teaspoon or so of red pepper flakes and stir. Add two and a half cups of tomato puree and stir. Let that mixture cook for five to ten minutes. Stir occasionally and pay attention to when the olive oil begins to separate from the puree, at that point add the chopped herbs: half cup of basil, quarter cup of mint, quarter cup of parsley, and half teaspoon or so of black pepper. Mix the herbs in then add the pasta and stir together. Reduce the heat to low and let the pasta cook in the sauce for another three or four minutes…then EAT! Add cheese if you like or whatever seasoning you enjoy.