Recipe : Penne Arrabiata Pasta

Recipe : Penne Arrabiata Pasta

Besides Indian food, I love Italian cuisine. I love their pastas, pizzas, the variety of bread, everything. Though the ingredients in most dishes might be same, yet they taste so different from one another. Italian food is simple in preparation as they require fewer ingredients. They mainly concentrate on the flavours. The herbs and spices play a vital role in all their dishes. Indians too use herbs extensively but in fresh form and Italians mainly use it in dried form. Today I will share penne arrabiata recipe and it hardly took me 30 minutes in making it. This yummy recipe will save all the money you spend on pasta in an expensive Italian restaurant.


Penne – 2 Cups

Tomatoes – 4

Tomato puree – Half cup

Garlic cloves – 10 or 12

Onion – 2 medium

Oregano – 1 tsp

Basil – 1tsp

Chili flakes – 1 tsp


Olive oil


Cook penne in plenty of water with a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of oil till al dente (just cooked not too soft). Drain the penne soon after and set aside to cool. Now blanch the tomatoes, peel the skin, remove the seeds and chop it finely. Take a pan, heat two tablespoon of olive oil. As oil heats add finely chopped garlic and sauté for a minute. To this add finely chopped onions and stir till it is soft and translucent. Then add the tomatoes chopped and tomato puree, and mix. Add salt, chili flakes, oregano and basil, and mix well. Cook this mixture for nearly five minutes until a thick sauce is formed. To this add penne and toss. Garnish this with some more herbs and serve hot. And if you are a cheese lover you can garnish it with grated cheese too 🙂

Note: To blanch tomatoes you need to keep the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for nearly a minute or more and then immediately place them in cold water and peel the skin.

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