Unless you live under a rock it has been a bit cold in New England lately not to mention being snowed in at least once a week. To combat the frigid temps we have been hunkering down enjoying the fire and eating lots of comfort food. I live with an Italian so comfort food usually includes some kind of pasta. We try not to eat too much of it or at the very least make it a bit better by using whole or multi-grain; M can’t tell the difference really anyway. So as we watched the snow fall I decided we needed a nice bit of spicy comfort to keep us warm. I settled on a nice Roman pasta dish, Arabbiata Penne or Angry Penne! It sure was spicy but I don’t know how angry it was we ate it too quick to find out!
1 lb. Whole Grain Penne Pasta cooked al dente (or any pasta you like)
1 24 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 T. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less depending on how you like it)
2-4 cloves garlic chopped
Handful of fresh basil
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil pasta in heavily salted water per package directions but drain when quite al dente. In a large skillit heat a few turns of the pan of oil till just hot add garlic and saute until fragrant no more than 30 seconds, add the crushed red papper flakes; I rub them between my palms first to release the oils. Saute another 30 seconds or so being sure not to burn the garlic and pepper flakes. Then add the tomatoes and saute a few minutes to blend flavors. Add salt and pepper and pasta. Cook pasta in sauce until the pasta is compleately done. Quite a bit of the tomato juice should get soaked into the pasta if it gets too dry you can add a little chicken stock or water. When done check seasoning and add more salt, pepper, or crushed pepper flakes. Take off heat and tear the basil directly into the pasta, combine well. Sever topped with grated parm, a drizzle of tasty olive oil, and more torn basil! Almost too easy.
I added a bit of leftover chicken I had on hand but it was unnecessary but still tasty! Arabbiata Penne and a nice glass of Chianti and its a perfect way to spend a snowy and cold night!