Tomato & Chilli Pasta

Tomato & Chilli PastaIt’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.

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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2 thoughts on “Tomato & Chilli Pasta”

  1. Claire says:

    This sounds delicious šŸ™‚
    I’m definitely going to make this!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Excellent! Let me know how you get on Claire šŸ™‚

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