Side Orders: A complexity of flavors in a simple pasta sauce

Anne Braly

If you are a fan of serving pasta as a side dish, butter and parmesan cheese on top may be your go-to way to serve it. Here's an idea for something different: a sauce that works as an excellent addition to fettuccine or angel hair pasta and is a great with fish, pork, chicken or beef. Could there be a better side dish than one that works with any type of meat or seafood?

Though the sauce is very simple to make, it has a wonderful complexity of flavors with the addition of white wine, tomatoes, brown sugar and onion to the mix. It's the kind of recipe that you want to follow, then taste as you go, adding a little bit more wine, a tad more salt or another teaspoon or two of brown sugar.