My family love to eat out, especially in Italian restaurants.
Sometimes it can be an expensive business.
Pasta is one of our favourites and the classic arrabiata is delicious.
I decided to try to emulate this restaurant dish at home and it became a firm family favourite.
Quick, simple, inexpensive and filling...a real winner 😀
Put the water on to boil for the pasta...use a large pan with one teaspoon of salt
While the water is heating, prepare the fresh ingredients.
Dice the onion, finely slice the red chillis, crush or finely chop the garlic cloves, finely chop the fresh parsley and grate the Parmesan and lemon zest.
Add pasta to boiling water, put a little oil in the water with the pasta if required as this will prevent the pasta sticking together.
Fry all the fresh ingredients in a little olive oil. Starting with the onions, garlic and chilli.
Once the onions, garlic and chilli have cooked, add the passatta, then the dried parsley, dried chilli flakes then salt and pepper.
Allow the above ingredients to simmer gently together until the pasta is almost cooked.
Drain the pasta.
Turn down the heat under your sauce and gently stir in the single cream and 2/3rds of the fresh parsley.
Return the drained pasta to its large cooking pan and gently pour over the sauce, mixing together well.
Serve the pasta in bowls and garnish with the Parmesan, lemon zest and freshly cracked black pepper.
A little oil in the pasta pan will help to separate the pasta.
Leave the pasta a little 'al dente'' as it will absorb more sauce later for extra taste.
Meat can be added to this dish for variety (I'm a vegetarian so I don't use it but my kids love it with chicken or smokey sausage and bacon).
Chillis and herbs can be grown easily on pots or tins on your windowsill if you like them extra fresh.
Fresh chillies, onions and herbs can be chopped in advance and frozen until required, they can be used from frozen.
This dish is gorgeous with some garlic bread on the side to mop up any extra sauce.
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