Mama’s Penne Arrabiata #FamilyRecipe

Ok I am actually sharing a very special family recipe here. This meal has been my absolute favourite since I was 13 years old. It was my last supper every time I was about to leave home to go back to boarding school/uni/abroad and it was the welcome home meal my dad always cooked when I returned from anywhere.

It’s oh so simple and oh so tasty. I cook this one about once a fortnight and it’s a very garlicky one so not one to try before a one on one business meeting the next morning!

All you’ll need is:

  • 1/2 bag of Penne pasta (I use GF)
  • 5 (or however many you want, but not less than 2) cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tins of tomatoes
  • a sprinkle or more of chilli powder
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil (plenty of)
  • Fresh Parmesan

Green salad:

  • 1 lettuce
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mustard (dijon or wholegrain works best)
  • 1 salad spoon full of balsamic vinegar
  • 3 salad spoons full of olive oil
  • salt and pepper

So I start by heating a generous helping of olive oil in a large pan. When it’s warm but not too hot, add the crushed garlic and fry gently until it starts to become golden. DO.NOT.Burn.The.Garlic. It’ll ruin the taste and you’ll have to start over, trust me.

Next add the sprinkle (or fistful) of chilli powder to the garlic and keep stirring as it all fries together.

Then add the tins of tomatoes (it will spit) and stir. Turn the heat down to a very low simmer and pop the lid on.

Cook your pasta and when it’s ready, drain. Chop the fresh basil and add it to the Arrabiata sauce, stir. Then add the pasta!

Serve with lashings of fresh Parmesan and green salad.

I know that other recipes call for chicken or bacon, but we’ve always had it like this as my parents are vegetarian so it’s the only way I know. And it’s super delicious.


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