Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pancetta and tomato pasta

Just for something different, here is a recipe. If you read between the lines, it's because I'm stuck for ideas, again!! But it's a yummy one....

This is another one of our regular standby favourites. It's based on a recipe I found in Good Taste not long after we got married, which was several years ago now, so we obviously like it. A lot!
Pancetta and tomato pasta
(serves 2-3)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
100g pancetta, diced
1 generous clove garlic, crushed
fresh chilli, to taste (I generally use 1/4 tsp - I'm a bit of a heat wuss)
1 400g tin tomatoes (I get the diced kind)
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt & pepper
pasta shapes of your choice

Heat olive oil in a frypan, add onion and cook until translucent. Add pancetta, fry for a minute or so, then add garlic and chilli. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring, then add tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 mins.

Meanwhile, cook pasta according to packet directions.

When sauce has thickened slightly, remove from heat and add most of the parmesan, and season. Add cooked pasta and stir until well covered in sauce. Serve with remaining parmesan sprinkled on top.

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