Penne with Pancetta and Anchovy Sauce

    45 minutes

    This is called all'Arrabbiata in Italian, which literally means "angry", a nod to the spicy kick in this dish.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 500g penne pasta
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
    • 140g pancetta, chopped
    • 3 tablespoons capers
    • 50g fresh sliced mushrooms
    • 50g green olives, pitted and halved
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons chilli flakes
    • 3 anchovy fillets, rinsed and chopped
    • 1 pinch salt
    • freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 150ml red wine
    • 3 (400g) tins whole roma tomatoes
    • 6 leaves fresh basil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large frying pan and sauté the onion until transparent. Add garlic and sauté until soft, then add the pancetta and cook until just crisp.
    2. Add the capers, mushrooms, olives, chilli flakes, anchovies, salt (use only a pinch because of the anchovies), black pepper and wine.
    3. Simmer until the wine is reduced by half, then add the tomatoes. Cook for 10 minutes while you cook the pasta according to the package directions. Add the basil leaves then toss in the cooked pasta and sprinkle generously with cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

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    Sure, it may not be an authentic arrabbiata, but it is TASTY! I've served it at several dinner parties with rave reviews!  -  21 Jul 2008


    We loved this dish. Just heavenly! Next time I will use less chilli. Just a bit firey for me but my guests loved it. It can always be added of course. Just depends on your taste for heat. A little anchovy paste is also an easy substitute for the fillets.  -  21 Jul 2008


    great recipe, lots of flavour. don't skimp on the anchovies or other things that give the flavour. they can be overpowered later while simmering with the tomatoes. what makes this dish so great is the daring flavour and uniqueness of the anchovies, capers and olives. do not leave these out!!! takes about an hour including prep time, and was very easy  -  21 Jul 2008