Penne with spiced tomato sauce


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, peeled, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped

  • 1 chilli, seeds removed, chopped

  • 100ml/3½fl oz hot chicken or vegetable stock

  • 1 x 400g/14oz can plum tomatoes, drained

  • handful fresh basil leaves, torn

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 350g/¾lb penne pasta, cooked according to packet instructions, drained

  • freshly grated parmesan (or a similar vegetarian cheese), to serve (optional)

Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until softened.

  2. Add the chilli, stock and canned tomatoes and stir well. Bring the mixture to a simmer and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced and the sauce has thickened.

  3. Add the torn basil leaves, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  4. Stir the cooked penne pasta into the spiced tomato sauce and continue to cook for a further 1-2 minutes, or until the pasta has warmed through.

  5. To serve, divide the penne with spiced tomato sauce equally among four serving plates. Sprinkle over the freshly grated parmesan, if using.

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