Thursday 18 April 2013

Penne al arrabatia

This is a very simple recipe but I wanted to put it on my blog as I haven't ever actually made it properly following a recipe before and it might be useful to other people searching for how to make penne al arrabatia.

I've also just learnt that arrabbiato means 'angry' in Italian - the name of the sauce comes from the heat of the chilli in the recipe!

For two people, finely chop half a red chilli and one clove of garlic - or more if you prefer a more spicy taste

Heat some oil in a frying pan and cook the chilli and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add some basil leaves and allow to wilt.

Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar and a sprinkle of salt. Cook over a medium heat for about ten minutes

Meanwhile bring some pasta to the boil - fresh penne is good for this recipe

Here's the cooked and slightly reduced sauce as I started to spoon it out of the pan

Serve over the pasta with some grated or flaked parmesan on top.

 I'm sending this to Pasta Please as this month they are asking for vegetarian pasta recipes using chilli. The challenge is hosted this month by Allotment 2 Kitchen and is also run by Jacqueline at Tinned Tomatoes.


  1. I love this pasta dish. It is one of our favourites and Graham can still enjoy it even though he is vegan now, which is a bonus. Thanks for entering it Caroline x

  2. sounds a bit hot for me.


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