Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this authentic Italian dish. This pasta is also great for a big gathering. It works well as a starter dish or as a main dish for a smaller group. One peeled, diced carrot may be used in place of the sugar for a milder, sweeter and healthier substitute.
What You Need:
(Makes: 8 servings)
1 package (16 ounces) of penne pasta
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 cup of pitted Greek olives, chopped
1/4 cup of oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons of capers, drained
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
2 teaspoons of dried thyme
2 teaspoons of fennel seed, crushed
1 to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes
1 can (28 ounces) of diced tomatoes, undrained
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
6 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
What to Do:
STEP 1) Cook the pasta according to package directions.
STEP 2) Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, sauté the carrot and anchovy fillets in oil until carrot is tender. Stir in the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, capers, oregano, thyme, fennel and pepper flakes; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened.
STEP 3) Drain the pasta. Add pasta and basil to sauce mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.
STEP 4) Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!