Here is our quick version of penne pasta with quick arrabbiata sauce. There is always such a big fuzz about cooking pasta Al dente as we are not expert in cooking the pasta, we chose to stick with the instruction given on packet of pasta for the time of cooking it to perfection which gave great result!
250 gm…. Penne pasta
3 tbsp…. Olive oil
Salt to taste ( remember we already put heavy amount of salt during boiling of pasta so don’t use much salt while making sauce)
1/2 tsp…. Black pepper
1/2 tsp…. Sugar
4-5 leaves of Basil ( we used dried basil)
Chili flakes according to taste
6-7 cloves of Garlic
6 medium ripe tomato
1….Finely chopped onion
It is always better to boil the pasta and prepare sauce side by side, so boil the pasta according to instruction given or according to your liking.
On the other side place a pot of water on the heat and let it come to a rolling boil. Place bowl of ice water next to the stove so it is easily accessible. Using a sharp knife, slice a shallow X into the bottom of the tomato an boil them for around 30 second or so. Peel the tomato and introduce it to blender so the a coarse tomato paste is produced.
Heat the oil in a pan and saute garlic till golden make sure it doesn’t burn. Add onion and saute till translucent. Add your processed tomato, salt, sugar, pepper, chili flakes and basil. We used dried basil as fresh basil was not available. Reduce the sauce over medium heat for 15 min.
Toss the boiled pasta and mix thoroughly. Serve with little bit of cheese of your choice, usually Parmesan is used.