Inspired by an episode of Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag where they reviewed the cookbook “Everyday Italian” by Giada De Laurentiis, I checked it out from my local library and was very pleased!

While it isn’t a vegetarian cookbook, there were several recipes that I have since added to my binder of go-to favorites. What stood out about her recipes is that they truly are everyday meals – the ingredients are mostly items that I can stock in my pantry and the many of the recipes come together in less than 30 minutes. Despite the simplicity, I was surprised by how much fresh flavor these recipes packed.

Earlier this week I made Giada’s “Spicy Tomato Sauce” and simply had to share it. If you love Arrabiata (spicy) or Puttanesca (with Olives and Capers) tomato sauce, this one’s for you.

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  • An up-close look at the texture of the sauce, chock-full of black olives, capers, and crushed tomatoes.