This is the easiest pasta dish you could ever imagine! It’s fresh! It’s light! It’s quick! It’s simple! It’s Italian!
The key to a successful pasta dish is fresh and good quality ingredients! Don’t hesitate to get a bit more expensive pasta, olives, cheese and olive oil. These are the basic, which give a very authentic flavour! I found out that this recipe works best with penne but feel free to use any pasta shape you like or have at home. The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily work out the proportions depending on how hungry you are and what you have got at home.
Penne with cherry tomato sauce
You will need:
1 tablespoon olive oil
a pinch of chili flakes
1 small handful of chopped black olives
1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup of grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1 handful of fresh basil leaves, keep a few for decoration
250 g penne
salt & pepper
Start cooking the penne in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water so it is ready by the time you finish the sauce.
Heat the oil over low heat. Add garlic and let it soften but not brown. Add tomatoes and chili flakes, cook over medium heat for aprox. 10 min, or until the tomatoes are soft and just cooked. Add chopped olives and basil leaves and stir in tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. By this time your pasta should be cooked al dente, if not reduce the heat and keep the sauce warm. Drain the pasta and return to the cooking pot. Pour the tomatoes sauce and toss thoroughly. Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and extra basil leaves. Serve with fresh ciabatta and a glass of light white wine.