Olive and caper tomato sauce

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Sometimes I want something a little fancier than my regular tomato sauce. Today was one of those days. Behold my olive and caper tomato sauce! :D

I love the briny taste of olives and capers, and they go perfectly with the sweet tang of the tomatoes. While I've kept this sauce pretty simple, you can add red wine, green peppers or carrots, or even ground beef to it to boost the flavor and make it more filling.

This sauce is also perfect for baked pasta dishes because it has so much flavor.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 4 teaspoons capers
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or less if you're not into spicy things. :D)
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 kalamata olives, diced
  • 4 green olives, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • olive oil
  • 28 oz can tomatoes (crushed, diced, whole - whatever you like!)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • salt to taste
Optional: meat! This time I added some leftover chicken to the sauce. I'd made chicken noodle soup but didn't end up putting all the chicken into it. :) Ground beef or turkey is really good as well. If you're going to use raw meat, cook it along with the vegetables before adding the tomatoes.

Step 2: Saute the veggies + add spices and herbs

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Pour a couple tablespoons of olive oil into a pan and let heat up. Once it's nice and hot, drop in the olives, garlic and onion. Let this cook until the onions get soft, and then add the Italian seasoning and red pepper. Stir that around until it gets nice and fragrant, and then add in the capers and let it cook for another minute or so.

Step 3: Add tomatoes + water

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Pour the tomatoes into the pan. Add about 1/4 of water to the can the tomatoes came out of, and swish it around to get all the extra tomato out of the can. Pour that into the pan. Stir well!

If you're adding in leftovers, now is the time to do it. I shredded the chicken and stirred it in.

i added diced green chilis and hot italian sausage to it. I dont know what to call it, except yummy

Sam DeRose1 year ago
I'm making this tonight to go over some brown rice penne, so excited!
bajablue2 years ago
mm, mmm, mmm!  Love zippy Capers! 
Threemoons2 years ago
This looks way yummy. I bet it would also be good in any "parm" sandwich recipe.