It’s easy to see why Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli relies on her Spicy Arrabbiata Penne recipe when dinner needs to be whipped up in a snap. With just eight ingredients at your fingertips, it’s the ultimate dish for dinner on the table.
Bertinelli’s Spicy Arrabbiata Penne Celebrates His Love of Tomatoes
As the former One Day at a Time star wrote on her website, this recipe is basically a celebration of juicy, ripe, shiny tomatoes.
“One of my all-time favorite dishes centers around tomatoes,” she wrote. “I have several photos on my phone illustrating this point. One shows a fresh crop of tomatoes from our garden; they are literally spilling out of the bowls onto the kitchen counter. …”
She thanks her gardener for helping her produce a crop of tomatoes. On her first attempt at planting, she said, “the majority of them died.” Her gardener not only saved them; he also “added more and somehow got them to bear fruit well into the winter”.
Bertinelli added that her love for this recipe is so great that she keeps a photo of it on her phone: “Another photo shows my arrabiata sauce simmering on the stove, tomatoes cut into wedges and floating on a sea of succulent sauce full of spices.” The Food Network host says she ‘swears’ she can ‘smell the red pepper and garlic through my phone’.
Valérie Bertinelli’s recipe is spicy and satisfying
This meal couldn’t be simpler: minced garlic is added to olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Leave to boil for a few minutes and add the fresh basil after removing it from the heat. Add cooked pasta, and that’s it!
The culinary TV star notes on her website that while “fresh tomatoes are a bonus,” the canned tomatoes in this recipe are fine, offering “the same classic taste. It’s an easy dinner when I’m in a hurry, and with a green salad and creamy dressing to balance out the spices, plus fresh bread, you can count on it as a Monday-Friday staple, like me.
Critics loved Bertinelli’s super easy recipe
On the Food Network site, home cooks raved about the cook’s easy sauce recipe. Many added extra garlic and one reviewer added a parmesan crust to their sauce. However adapted, Bertinelli’s recipe is a great base sauce for a quick weeknight meal.
“My new must-have sauce. This stuff would be good on anything cooked as is. Don’t change it, it’s perfect,” wrote one reviewer.
Another fan said: “I made this for dinner tonight. It was a hit with my family. Such a fresh and delicious meal. It was fun and easy to make.
And yet another reviewer noted that it makes a fantastic lunch the next day: “The great thing is that because you’re making it with penne, the noodles won’t get soggy, so it’s an easy lunch dish the next day or to reheat for dinner.. This is an instant favorite and I can’t wait to make it again.
Find the full recipe, video and reviews on the Food Network site.
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