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Rating: 4.5 stars
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

A spicy, creamy tomato sauce with chili, basil, and mascarpone cheese.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook and stir for 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and sugar, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the basil, red chile pepper, salt, and black pepper, and cook for 10 minutes more. Remove from heat, and stir in the mascarpone cheese.

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Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 12.6g; fat 24.2g; cholesterol 46.7mg; sodium 480.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (16)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
I used 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes instead of the red chile pepper, 1 tsp. dried basil instead of fresh, 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese instead of 2/3 cup, and I threw in a pound of cooked shrimp at the end -- delicious indeed! Will definitely make it again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/14/2016
it definitely made more than four servings. I was expecting a lot more from this recipe. The Taste is just average and I had to add a lot more heat to make it spicy. Read More
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/21/2009
I used 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes instead of the red chile pepper, 1 tsp. dried basil instead of fresh, 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese instead of 2/3 cup, and I threw in a pound of cooked shrimp at the end -- delicious indeed! Will definitely make it again. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2011
My fiance and I loved this recipe! I used crushed red pepper flakes instead of fresh red chile pepper and added twice the amount because we love our food a little spicier. Also I sadly cut the amount of onions by half thinking it'd be too onion-y but should've just used the original amount in retrospect. I didn't have basil on hand but the sauce came out just as tasty! I added Polska Kielbasa to the sauce and it was very complementary with the textures and flavors of the sauce. This recipe is delicious with garlic bread or knots! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2009
This was a very tasty pasta sauce! I didn't have any fresh red chili pepper, so I added 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes instead. It gave the sauce a nice kick! I topped penne with it, sprinkled fresh chopped italian parsley for a dash of color and grated fresh parmesan on top before serving. Nice flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/22/2011
Oh My Goodness! THAT is Delicious! That's the best tomato-based pasta sauce I have ever had (let alone created myself). I can't wait to share it with friends tonight (will let you know that they think). I too used Red Pepper flakes (2 tsp- cause that's what finally gave it a little bit of a kick). I didn't have the Marscapone cheese so I used this as a substitute (make in proportion to the 2/3 cup called for... I loosedly made 1/2 of the following: 8 oz cream cheese 1/4 c heavy cream 2 1/2 T. sour cream). Make this and your friends and family will RAVE about it! Enjoy! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2012
This recipe needs more attention. It is excellent. And I imagine it is good as is, but I made the following changes: > I first sautéed four italian sausages and two very thinly sliced chicken breasts. Once browned and cooked through, I removed them, added a bit more EVOO, and sautéed the onions and garlic in the EVOO and meat fat. > I added two bay leaves along with the diced tomatoes and other ingredients; I also shredded the chicken and sliced the sausage and threw them in with the diced tomatoes to allow them to stew and soak up the sauce's flavor. > I also added a small can of tomato paste to make the sauce a bit thicker. I doubt the sauce needed all this, but with these additions this sauce was amazing. Thanks for posting this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/16/2011
This is a very very good recipe. I did substitute dried red pepper flakes (a pinch) and about a teaspoon of dried basil. Our whole family loves it. I make a double batch and freeze it in single serving size containers for our daughter who is a vegetarian. She can quickly heat it and have a vegetarian pasta meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
What's not to love about tomatoes basil balsamic vinegar and sinfully creamy mascarpone cheese? The spiciness knocks this sauce out of the park. I like to make this recipe when I need to use up some extra onions. Thanks ANGIBEAN! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2009
This recipe should be a prep time of 5 minutes and a cook time of 25 minutes (total time 30 min). A quick easy meal. I forgot to say add it to your favourite pasta (I use Penne)but any pasta would do. Top with fresh grated parmasan and extra fresh basil. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2020
This was so yummy with a hint of spice. I couldn’t find a red chili pepper at the store so like others who reviewed I used crushed red pepper flakes. We made this with homemade pasta for a baby shower and it was a hit! Don’t skimp on the marscapone cheese, it’s worth a trip to the specialty store if you have to. Read More
(1)
Rating: 2 stars
10/14/2016
it definitely made more than four servings. I was expecting a lot more from this recipe. The Taste is just average and I had to add a lot more heat to make it spicy. Read More