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

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

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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 :)

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

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

  9. Hi Anne,

    My family loves pasta too! This looks fantastic!


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

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

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

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

  14. Looks like an absolutely awesome day!

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

    Have a nice week ahead.

  16. Muy apetitoso este magnífico plato de pasta. Bss

  17. Wonderful! I love pasta too!

    Merry Christmas!

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

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


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