It’s so easy & tempting to just reach for a jar of pasta sauce out the cupboard. I know, I do it all the time! It’s a habit I need to get out of quickly though, especially with my little girl being so close to weaning age. Lets be honest, there are typically so many added fats, sugars, salts & preservatives in those jars that we would all benefit if we made our own. That being said, this recipe is not only very quick to make, it’s insanely tasty & because you are making it yourself – you can control how spicy you want it. Benefits all round!
So here is what you will need to serve 2. (Easily doubled.)
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Small Onion, finely diced
- 1 Fresh Red Chilli, deseeded & finely sliced *
- 100g Pancetta, diced
- 1 x 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Granulated Sugar
- 250g Fresh Tagliatelle Pasta
- Grated Parmesan, to serve
* use half a chilli if you don’t like it too hot or leave the seeds in if you do like it really hot!
Heat a large non stick frying pan over a low heat. Add in the oil, swill around the pan, then throw in the onion.
Fry for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to become translucent.
Stir frequently & cook for about 5-10 minutes until the pancetta is cooked & it’s all nicely coloured.
…erm, please excuse the slightly ‘charred’ look of mine. This is what happens when you have a screaming baby that needs your immediate attention! So when I say ‘nicely coloured’ I actually mean about 2 minutes before it looks like that!
Remove your marginally singed pancetta & onion mix to a bowl, then add the chopped tomatoes into the pan.
Season generously with salt & pepper & stir this through along with the granulated sugar.
Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to thicken slightly. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
To finish, add a little of the pasta water to the sauce and stir through. Then drain off the pasta, divide between two bowls & top with the sauce.
Serve scattered with a generous helping of grated parmesan.
Despite the ‘charred’ bits in mine this still tasted absolutely lovely! It was a hit with the Mr too as he loves his spicy food. I’ve always been a lover of all things pasta. I find it so satisfying & filling and at the same time it’s always really quick to make! Definitely one of my favourite meals.
So, are you going to give it a try the next time you go to reach for a jar out the cupboard??
Hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies!