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Tomato and Chilli Pasta

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Tomato & Chilli Pasta

When rustling up a midweek meal, it’s so easy and 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.

Let’s be honest, there are typically so many added fats, sugars, salts and 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! And because you’re making it yourself, you can control how spicy you want it. Benefits all round!

Tomato and Chilli Pasta Recipe

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.

Tomato & Chilli PastaAdd the chilli & the pancetta to the pan & turn the heat up to medium.

Stir frequently & cook for about 5-10 minutes until the pancetta is cooked & it’s all nicely coloured.

Tomato & Chilli Pasta…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.

Tomato & Chilli PastaAdd the pancetta mixture back into the pan and stir through. Give it a quick taste & add more seasoning if you think it needs it.

Tomato & Chilli Pasta

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.

Tomato & Chilli Pasta

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!

Miss KitchenMason

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Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

This sounds delicious :) I'm definitely going to make this! Thanks, Claire x

Miss KitchenMason

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Excellent! Let me know how you get on Claire :)

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