I cranked out this simple, expedient dish the other night after a long day’s work. I had some leftover spaghetti pomodoro (with your basic tomato sauce) and added to it three tablespoons of some very spicy chipotle salsa which I’d made a couple of days before (you can use any very spicy salsa, even supermarket refrigerated salsa as long as it’s tasty). I tossed it all in a hot pan and drizzled a little extra virgin olive oil over it. I heated it through and topped it was a little grated parm.
It made for a perfect approximation of a fra diavolo, which is a classic east-coast Italian-American dish of spicy tomato sauce for pasta or seafood. It was fast, it was easy, it was cheap as it utilized leftovers, and it was super-delicious. And it kind of reminded me of my college days, days of Trisket nachos and ramen noodles topped with ground beef and boiled egg, days where scrounging in the fridge for disparate leftovers to combine into fantastical (but mostly horrible) creations was economically essential. Fun days for sure.
I’m playing the same game now, but with a much higher class of ingredients. Still fun.