Normally, I would never recommend, purchase, or cook with jarred products but at the supermarket a few weeks back a sale caught my eye, “Victoria All Natural Tomato Sauces”. I checked the ingredients and with a simple list of “imported Italian tomatoes, olive oil, fresh onions, red pepper flakes, fresh basil, fresh garlic, and sea salt”, I thought hmmmm lets give it a try.
Since today, being the first day of spring failed us and was freezing and snowy, Phil and I both decided a hearty dinner of pasta would be a great comfort. “You make the meatballs, I’ll make the sauce,” said Phil; good deal for me…help in the kitchen is always a plus.
After meticulously chopping up his onions and garlic he started to sauté them in what I estimated to be about 2 tablespoon of oil (and I think he snuck in a tablespoon of butter when I wasn’t looking). He then opened the jar of “Victoria Fradiavolo Sauce” and poured it in. Fradiavolo, meaning Brother of the Devil, is an Italian-American creation. A tomato based sauce with spicy chilies, which is typically served over pasta or seafood. So simple, and it was great; perfect amount of spice, salt, and flavor...and I still am in awe that it came from a Jar...
Philly’s Fradiavolo Sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 jar of “Victoria” Fradiavolo Sauce
Homemade meatballs, optional
In a large skillet heat oil. Add onions and fry until starting to brown, add garlic and sauté for another 5 minutes. Add jar of Fradiavolo Sauce and meatballs (if desired) and heat for another 5 minutes. Serve over pasta of your choice.