The Recipe:

Spicy Tomato, Pepper & Basil Pasta for Two

By:  Ari  Bendersky  Abe's Market Contributor  March 5th, 2014

Coming up with new dinners can be tough if you're busy. Switch it up with this recipe for fresh tomato and basil pasta from our friends at Cottage Lane Kitchen. Their award-winning Get Me a Switch spicy pepper relish makes for a fiery base for a tantalizing pasta dinner. The sauce's heirloom recipe harks back to the 19th century and comes from the founder's great grandmother. It combines sweet and spicy peppers and is also gluten free. So if you need to ditch the wheat, mix this in with your favorite gluten-free pasta and have a wonderful dinner.

Switched Tomato Pasta Recipe for Two


  • 2 T of olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (or to your taste)
  • 3-5 very ripe Roma tomatoes (if you purchase them, put them in a paper bag in a cool place for a week until they are soft and very ripe)
  • 2 T of chopped basil or Italian parsley (whichever you prefer)
  • 1 T (or more) of Get Me A Switch
  • Sugar (to taste, if needed
  • 6-8 oz. of pasta (penne or spaghetti are recommended, but you can use your favorite). Amount of sauce also depends on your preferred sauce-to-pasta ratio. Or use gluten-free angel hair or spaghetti.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Warm olive oil in pan and add garlic. Cook for a minute and then add chopped ripe tomatoes and simmer until reduced by a quarter. If sauce is bitter/acidic, add a bit of sugar. 
  3. Remove from heat and add chopped basil and 1 tablespoon of Get Me a Switch sauce.
  4. Add drained pasta into sauce pan and stir and serve.
  5. Serve with salad, garlic bread and/or green vegetable like spinach or zucchini.


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Ari Bendersky

Abe's Market Contributor

Ari Bendersky Ari joined Abe's Market after years of covering music, lifestyle, wine and food for the New York Times, AP, Rolling Stone, Eater, Huff Post and more. He lives naturally by biking, hiking, green juicing and avoiding high-fructose corn syrup at all costs.

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