Penne Arrabiata

Arrabiata is very similar to a marinara sauce, the difference being that it has chili in it. I often add bacon to the arrabiata sauce which is my kind of pasta, so here is a very simple arrabiata sauce which you can make as hot as you like, or add some bacon, pancetta or even chicken pieces to make it your own. It’s a cheats version that makes enough for 4 people.

What you need

Olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 tin tomatoes and onion mix
1/2 teaspoon italian herb mix
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Salt and black pepper to taste
125g bacon(1/2 packet) – optional
300g of dry penne

The process

In a pan on a medium heat, heat about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and gently fry the garlic. (if you are adding bacon, cook the bacon first and then add the garlic and follow below)

While the garlic is cooking, pour the contents of the tomato and onion tin into a blender and blend until quite smooth.

When the garlic has turned white, add the chili flakes and cook for about 1-2 minutes, add the tomatoes, brown sugar and herbs and simmer for 5 minutes or so on a low heat.

Taste and season with salt and black pepper.

Cook the penne according to the pack instructions, drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce to the penne and toss around in the pot to coat the pasta.

Serve with a side salad and a generous sprinkle of parmesan or parmesan shavings, made with a potatoe peeler.

Enjoy it.