Pasta Arrabbiata

Makes 8 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. Parmigiano Reggiano® or hard Italian-style cheese, freshly shredded, divided
  • 1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (29 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (about 2-1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 lb. dry penne pasta, uncooked
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil, thinly sliced

Instructions:

Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add garlic; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in crushed and diced tomatoes with their juice. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; stir in red pepper, oregano and salt. Cook 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cook pasta in large saucepan according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the hot water. Return pasta and hot water to saucepan; stir in 1/2 cup of the cheese. Set aside.

Stir basil into sauce. Add 2 cups of sauce to pasta mixture; mix lightly. Spoon onto serving platter; top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.