Penne Fra Diavolo – One of the best Italian pasta recipe!
So you and your family are hungry, you are too tired to go to the store, and you are bored of eating the same meals and tasting the same tastes. Here is a quick and simple recipe to feed the family, or yourself, and wake up those tired taste buds. This is a traditional Italian dish, that is super easy to make, and just as easy to tweak to anyone’s tastes. Let’s look at the basics of Penne Fra Diavolo, and some interesting twists on an old Italian classic.
So basically this is a recipe for spicy penne pasta, the little pointy tubes of pasta that most everyone
is familiar with. So for a normal size meal serving two to four portions, you will need a pound of
penne pasta. Lightly salt (one tsp.) a 4 quart pot full of water and bring to a vigorous boil. Add 1
tablespoon of olive oil. Add penne pasta according to instructions, which usually say 3 to 5 minutes,
depending on the brand. Fresh penne brands will usually need only about 1-2 minutes, so be careful
and read the instructions well.
Remove from flame when pasta is la dente, drain water through colander, and quickly rinse with cold
water. Set aside.
Chop one medium size onion and sauté on a medium flame, with two to three tablespoons of olive
oil. Add one teaspoon kosher salt, two teaspoons black pepper, and two pinches of red pepper
flakes, according to your taste for hot and spicy. Don’t forget to add at least two teaspoons of the
magic Italian flavors of basil, oregano, thyme.
While this is where the standard recipe ends, you can sauté fresh mushrooms with the onions, or
bell peppers, its really just a matter of what you have around, and what feels right.
This is where you can get creative. If you don’t like the heat that the normal recipe calls for,
cayenne pepper, you can replace it with any number of other peppers that aren’t as hot. Ancho,
Pueblo, Serrano, Bird’s eye, and many others are mild options.
Habanero, Ghost, Scorpion, and Reaper are other options if you would want to really turn up the
heat. These are extremely hot so be careful, and add a little at a time. Many people would enjoy
layering several different peppers for more complex flavors.
So once the onions are translucent, and just starting to brown, add a 28 ounce can of tomatoes,
liquid reserved. Immediately add one cup dry white wine. Continue heating over a medium flame
until first bubbles slowly appear. Remove from flame.
Place pasta on plates and serve sauce on top. Other options at this point are minced fresh parsley or
other garnish, but there you have it. About ten minutes from hungry to happy. It may be simple, but
it is delicious. For the best Penne Fra Diavolo recipe, please check out Dishes from Turkey website.