With over 300 recipes in just over a year of food blogging, some readers might get the impression that all my time is spent in the kitchen. Well, there are days when it seems like that to me, and when those days come around, there's no simpler remedy than that time-honoured friend of busy cooks, students and lazy people alike — pasta and sauce!
Even on the laziest days, though, I can't bring myself to emptying sauce out of a store-bought jar. And there's no need really, since there are plenty of pasta sauces that take no more time to prepare and make than it takes to bring a large pot of water to boil and cook the pasta. That just happens to be enough time to do something really creative and unusual as well, to take the example of this striking banana and fruit juice based "devil's nightmare pasta sauce" — fire up the water to boil, and the sauce is ready from start to finish by the time the pasta is done.
As fond as I am of fiery foods, I cut the number of habaneros down from what was suggested in the original recipe in Clifford Wright's Some Like It Hot cookbook. And it was a good thing I did, since it was still "a hell of a hot meal," as Wright describes it. In fairness, I was forewarned to reduce the heat after the first thing I tried out of the book was so excruciatingly and painfully hot that I threw out the food, the recipe, and any notion of blogging about it. Live and learn. For those of you with less tolerance to heat than myself, I'd suggest using only one habanero, or substituting them with jalapeños instead.
I always think of Ruth and her Presto Pasta Nights when I make pasta. Accordingly, I am submitting this for next Friday's roundup of pasta dishes.
|Devil's Nightmare Pasta Sauce|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Some Like It Hot: Spicy Favorites from the World's Hot Zones
Published on April 6, 2008
Easy and super spicy tomato and fruit pasta sauce with bananas — a bold sauce for the very adventurous!