Are you the type of person who sprinkles their spaghetti with red pepper flakes for just a few seconds longer than anyone else at the table? Do you top pretty much every meal with whatever hot sauce you can get your hands on? And does simply hearing the phrase “truffle oil” send warm tingles down your spine?
Well then, there is no question: You need Truff’s pasta sauce ($29.99 for a 2-pack; truff.com) in your life, like, yesterday.
The new launch by the brand known for its flavorful truffle-infused hot sauces was such a hit, in fact, that it was out of stock throughout most of the holiday season. But it’s back — and trust us, you’ll want to stock up.
We tried the sauce for ourselves, which comes in two different flavors, and honestly, it’s all we’ve been craving atop every dish of pasta since our taste buds got acquainted. Both the black truffle pomodoro and black truffle arrabbiata are vegan and gluten-free, and their consistency is reminiscent of a creamy vodka sauce, rich with umami flavor.
Admittedly, the flavor and spice difference between the two is nuanced: Neither is of the ultra-fiery, battle-with-your-food variety, but rather each provides a tangy, subtle kick, the flavor of chili peppers balanced by a blend of herbs, onion, garlic and, of course, truffle. The arrabbiata is a bit more spicy, while the pomodoro’s flavor profile focuses a tad more on the truffle than the spice.
Strozzapreti with spinach, vegan sausage and Violife feta cheese as well as a Japanese-style gnocchi dish with scallions and sesame seeds were brought to new levels with the thick, flavorful sauce. But you can upgrade virtually any pasta-based dish or anything you’d typically use a red sauce on with this stuff. Some mouthwatering recommendations mentioned by reviewers: lobster fra diavolo, a chicken parm gnocchi bake, angel hair pasta and seafood, lasagna, pasta with chorizo and even on pizza. Or go wild and use it as a dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks and garlic knots. Plenty of reviewers rave it’s the best pasta sauce they’ve ever had, call it “heaven in a bottle” and say that they’re “mildly obsessed” with it — and we’ve gotta say, we agree on all counts!
We’re also huge fans of Truff’s hot sauce (this three-pack makes the perfect gift for any heat-seeker) and the fact that there’s free shipping on every order. Here’s to a new year filled with truffle and spice and pasta dishes turned up a notch.