To die for: PENNE ARRABBIATA


Ready in 25 minutes – serves 4
Penne Arrabbiata is quick and easy, yet so delicious! The beauty of this dish is that it’s very simple to add any other ingredients, such as bacon pieces, pepperoni slices or chopped onions, to make it your own special dish – or range of dishes – and of course, you can add more chilli to suit your personal tastes.
Ingredients for a meal for 4:
400g Cook Italian Penne Pasta
3 tablespoons Cook Italian Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder or chilli flakes, or 2 deseeded, chopped fresh chillis
1 can or carton Cook Italian Chopped Tomatoes
1 large handful fresh basil or a teaspoon of dried basil
A good tablespoon Cook Italian Grated Italian Hard Cheese
Method
Cook the Penne pasta in a large pan of boiling water, adding a pinch of salt, for 11 – 13 minutes.
While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce:
Warm the Olive Oil in a pan on a medium heat and add the crushed garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute, until it is softened but not burnt.
Add the chilli and cook for a further minute, stirring occasionally.
Add the Chopped Tomatoes, and if you are using dried basil, add that now too. Then when it’s bubbling gently, cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
Now check the pasta… when it’s how you like it - ‘al dente’, or slightly softer, drain the pasta.
Add the cooked, drained Penne, and the fresh basil if using, to the pan with the sauce, and stir them together so that the pasta is thoroughly coated in the sauce.
Sprinkle with Cook Italian Grated Italian Hard Cheese for the truly Italian touch.
Serve immediately, and enjoy the results - and the praise!