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Penne Arrabbiata

A really popular dish - and SO EASY!

Arrabbiata is a tasty, spicy sauce from the Lazio region. It means angry - hence the chillies! All too often restaurants will have chicken, mince or goodness knows what ready to pop in - proper arrabbiata has no meat - and it needs none. Just a few ingredients and it is as tasty as it is spicy!





crushed, dried chillies





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  • Finely chop the onion and garlic

  • Heat a good amount of olive oil in a pan

  • Add the onions and garlic

  • Once they're softened and - as they say - translucent (?) - 10-15 minutes later, add the chillies

  • Stir, stir, stir

  • Add the passata and stir, stir, stir

  • Add the basil leaves and...

  • yes - stir, stir, stir

  • Cook it down for 20-40 minutes (Altogether now... the longer the cooking, the deeper the taste)

  • Cook your pasta of choice for the length of time on the packet

  • Drain the pasta and tip it into the pan with the sauce.

  • Stir, stir, stir!

  • Serve with grated Parmesan or Pecorino

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