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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Penne with spicy meat sauce

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Somebody here just love pasta ! lol

But then what's not to love ?

Pasta is one great and convenient ingredient to make tasty meals ....

Quick , simple and deliciously filling ....

And with so much pasta sauce to choose from , you'll be spoilt for choice !

Adding ground cinnamon to pasta sauce , anyone ?!

You'll be very surprise to know that it's really , really good !

Cinnamon adds a very interesting and subtle flavor to an otherwise same old same old  meat sauce ....

Don't forget to add the chillis ! Just reduce it for a more kid-friendly meal ....

Or add some bell peppers for a more wholesome dish ....

Definitely a dish worth making for , again and again .....

If you're going to make pasta next time , try adding it to your meat based sauce ....

Live a little ......

Remember that the end of the world is on the 21st of this month ! lol


Rigatoni with spicy meat sauce , recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

My modification in red

12 oz rigatoni or other short pasta  ( I used penne , 500 grams ) 
1 pound ground lamb or beef chuck ( 400 grams , a combination of ground pork and beef ) 
1 medium onion , finely chopped ( 150 grams shallots )
2 cloves garlic , minced
1/2 cup / 115 grams tomato paste
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon ( a generous teaspoon )
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper ( 1/2 teaspoon )
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups water ( 2 cups pasta water )
some coarse salt and ground pepper
4 rashers of bacon , cut 
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tsp chili flakes 
a handful of cilantro , coarsely chopped 

* Boil pasta in a salted water .
* While pasta is cooking , cook the meat in a large saucepan over medium high heat , until no longer pink . Add onion and garlic , season with salt , pepper and sugar , cook stirring occasionally until onion is tender , 4 to 6 minutes . Add the bacon .
* Stir in tomato paste , cinnamon, cayenne and chili flakes ; cook until fragrant , about 2 minutes . Add the water , bring it to a boil , reduce into simmer and cook until slightly thickened , 8 to 10 minutes . Stir in the red wine vinegar and half of the chopped cilantro ; adjust seasoning . Add sauce to the cooked pasta or the other way around ; add the remaining cilantro and toss well to combine , serve immediately .

This post is linked the blog hop event , Cook Like a Star , featuring Martha Stewart's recipes , hosted by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids , Yen of Eat you Heart Out and Jocelyn of Riceball Eats

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19 comments:

  1. I love this new Christmas theme!
    And this penne is making my mouth water. YUM!!

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  2. First time I come across cinnamon in pasta! Looks very delicious indeed.

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  3. Oh yum! I have never added ground cinnamon to pasta before! Can just imagine the wonderful fragrance to the delicious pasta! And I like your cute bowl!

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  4. Hi Anne! I love your photos, the pasta dish looks delicious! I've never seen cinnamon being used in a tomato-based sauce, hope to try it out someday!

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  5. I may not be surprised at the use of cinnamon in savory dishes because we use it in indian cooking. Why I never thought to sprinkle some in pasta. I am going to try this next time I made penne pasta.

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  6. Mmmmm....what a yummy looking pasta! I'm intrigued by the cinnamon! I may have to add a generous pinch to my next batch of spaghetti sauce :)

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  7. this is a fantastic pasta dish - I LOVE the ingredients - cinnamon is a welcome addition - bookmarked!
    mary x

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  8. never tried adding cinnamon to pasta..it's a surprise ingredient here! Your pasta is very inviting! dec21...it's winter solstice festival! LOL!

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  9. Hi Anne,

    My family loves pasta too! This looks fantastic!

    Zoe

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  10. The pasta looks mouthwatering with meat sauce! Love your new holiday header.

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  11. Sounds like a pasta with an explosion of different flavours.:)

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  12. I love pasta! The addition of cinnamon in this recipe makes it even more irresistible to me!

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  13. Anne, your pasta look so delicious and mouthwatering.

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  14. Looks like an absolutely awesome day!

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  15. Hi Anne, I love pasta....I want a big bowl please! Look really delicious and tempting.

    Have a nice week ahead.

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  16. Muy apetitoso este magnífico plato de pasta. Bss

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  17. Wonderful! I love pasta too!

    Merry Christmas!

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  18. You can't go wrong with a good pasta with meat sauce. Great photos - yours looks delicious!

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  19. Hi Anne,
    Oh!! My family is a big fan of pasta !
    This is so great!
    mui

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