Archer Farms Arrabbiata sauce
I was a bit tired of the pasta sauces I normally buy and was shopping at Target when I saw this sauce. I thought it looked good and it’s a cool name so I thought I would try it.
For whatever reason this sauce seems to have a propensity to spit while cooking, and so be careful while stirring, or it may do what it did to me and spit a blob of sauce on your finger. It is a nice thick sauce which is good for eating and cooking but bad for spattering on flesh since it acts like napalm, sticking there and continuing to burn badly enough to give a second degree burn.
A second warning, for those of you like me who don’t know Italian, arrabbiata means “angry,” which translated to food means HOT! So after burning my finger I sat down to burn my mouth. Ok, it isn’t that hot – I didn’t really burn my mouth – but it does have some zip and made my nose a bit runny. It is made with red peppers which gives it its heat, but it looked so innocent sitting there on the shelf I didn’t bother to check the label. I probably would have bought it anyway.
Despite the burnt finger and hot mouth, I really enjoyed this sauce. It has a really good flavor and is a nice full sauce and it isn’t watery at all like cheaper sauces. I think I paid just a smidge over 3 bucks so it isn’t an expensive sauce and is definitely worth the little bit extra over the cheaper stuff. And don’t let the heat scare you. Some nice garlic toast will go perfect with it and will be just enough to take the edge off if necessary.