Here’s a mid-week dinner that features a pasta sauce you’ve never heard of or tried, but you should!
Austin Slow Burn’s Southwest Pasta Sauce is one of the biggest jars (and heaviest) of product that I brought home from the Houston Hot Sauce Festival. I really wrestled over this one, as I knew I had weight limits for my luggage for the flight back home. But I kept coming back to Austin Slow Burn’s booth and decided I just had to bring their pasta sauce home with me – hey, I was saving on shipping, right?
This sauce is an amazing marriage of a traditional Italian pasta sauce with some spicy Southwest style seasonings. Don’t be scared away, this is not a hot pasta sauce. It is very flavorful, though. Sweet and pungent, I could eat this stuff by the spoonful.
Ingredients: tomato sauce (tomatoes, citric acid, natural flavor), tomatoes (tomatoes, tomato puree, salt, citric acid), water, onion, red chile, lime juice, garlic, sugar, parsley, salt, basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaves.
… the Mingling of fresh tomatoes and Italian spices with the fiery elements of New Mexico’s Red Chile creates a full-bodied sauce, with a subtle spicy flavor that is sure to get your attention…
We gently heated about 1/2 of the big 26 ounce jar for our dinner – simply spagetti with some garlic bread. Marilyn and I both declared it one of the best jarred pasta sauces we’ve ever had. I would love to have a jar or 2 of this pasta sauce on hand, always. And I think I just might do that.
Texture & Appearance: Big, bold and chunky. Nice bits of garlic and tomatoes and other spices abound. It’s almost a Gazpacho soup that is ready to eat!
Taste Straight Up: Spicy, pungent, fragrant – like Italian laced candy for your nose and mouth. Just. De. Licous. Really.
Heat Level: – nowhere near an arriabata or a “fra diablo” heat level, the heat in this pasta sauce is light, quick and bright and leaves quickly. You’ll keep eating it, as it is just spicy enough to have you wanting more. (Remember, I could eat this by the spoonful?).
Label/Graphics: A beautiful scene on the label features a dried chile rastra in front of a field of peppers with the New Mexico mountains in the background. Framed by the lettering of our host sauce maker, Austin Slow Burn, and the title of “Southwest Pasta Sauce” – there is no doubt that this sauce is exactly what it says it is.
Overall Rating (Taste on Food, Final Thoughts): – We had it on pasta. Amazing. Another top ten product for the year, for sure.
You can visit Austin Slow Burn to learn more about the company.
Ordering Info Update 10/18/12:
To order this wonderful pasta sauce, please visit TearsofJoySauces.com
Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.