If you saw my recent sausage stew post, you’ll know I love a one pot meal!
Well this one is almost a one pot meal; the sauce itself is one pot.
It’s also an Italian inspired recipe like the sausage stew but this is a fantastic all-round staple sauce for your pasta! You can make it as spicy as you like – but I love a bit of spice so I do use quite a lot of dried chilli flakes!
It’s a basic, simple arrabbiata sauce, made from ingredients you are likely to have in the fridge or the cupboard all the time – these are my favourite recipes – things you can just whip up at any time. This one is a keeper:
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15/20
- 1 500g can/box passata (you can use tinned tomatoes if you don’t have passata)
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 chicken stock cube/stock pot
- 1 tablespoon mixed herbs (or fresh parsley/basil if you have this)
- 1 tablespoon tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
- Olive oil for frying
- Heat the oil in a large pan.
- Peel and mince the garlic and add to the pan over a low heat.
- Dice the onion and add this to the pan. Cook over a medium heat until it starts to brown.
- Add the chilli flakes and dried herbs .
- Add the passata/tinned tomatoes to the pan.
- Fill the empty passata box/tomatoes can with just-boiled water and add this to the pan. Add the chicken stock cube and stir well. Stir in the tomato puree.
- Continue to cook over a medium heat until the sauce is bubbling, then turn it down to a simmer.
- Once the sauce has simmered for 10/15 minutes, use a small hand blender to blend the sauce into a smoother consistency and cook for a further five minutes (or longer if you have longer – it will simply give it more depth of flavour)
And that’s it! Simply cook your pasta and stir it into the sauce. You can also add chicken, sausages, prawns – whatever you fancy really (I added sausages to mine this evening). And if you don’t like too much spice, simply reduce the amount of chilli flakes by half. If you like your pasta sauce really spicy then just add more!
This sauce is so versatile, so tasty and so easy that it’s bound to become a favourite!