Friday, August 25, 2006

one of the greatest dinners

I feel it my moral obligation to share this recipe-For the good of all who read-It is one of my boys favorite dinners—Penne Arrabiata (ala roommate Lauren C.- although if you know me, you know full well I modify every recipe to my own liking so this has undergone revisions and is quite forgiving and flexible) This qualifies as a great dinner on numerous fronts
1. It is fast- whole thing start to finish in under 25 minutes
2. The ingredients are staples, things you have kicking around and so something you can make spur of the moment –no advance planning needed
3. It is so yummy- one of smart son’s favorite foods
4. It is cheap—Really to serve 4- probably costs $1- $1.50

So here it goes

Penne Arrabiata- serves 6
8 oz. Penne pasta
1 can diced tomatoes (I like the petite diced best)
6 cloves of garlic or 1 TBSP. chopped garlic in jar
1 medium onion chopped
1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 t. or less of crushed red pepper flakes (vary this depending on how spicy you like it.

In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil, add onion, garlic, and crushed red pepper flakes, Sautee until onions are clear. Add tomatoes simmer for 20 min.

Meanwhile- Cook and drain pasta. Toss tomato mixture with penne. Top with fresh parmesan or mozzarella cheese-

** and of course serve with some goodgarlic bread- may I recommend the ecce panis semolina batard with homemade garlic butter



itybtyfrog said...

Sounds yummy...especially with garlic bread. I have tomatoes coming out of my ears...have you ever tried it with fresh tomatoes instead of canned? I was just wondering if it would turn out the same.

smartmama said...

i am sure it would work with frsh- you can always simmer a little longer if needs be-
try it and let me know

Stephanie said...

MMMMMM...sounds wonderful. I love how the most simple things taste the best.

I will try it with fresh tomatoes too.