Spicy Parmesan Infused Red Sauce with Penne Pasta - Thyme with Catherine

Spicy Parmesan-Infused Red Sauce with Penne Pasta

Yield 4 servings

An old-school Greek take on a spicy red sauce. Inspired by the fine cooking of Florence and Rome.



  1. Heat a large cast iron pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and garlic, and cook for just under a minute.
  2. Add the carrot and stir for another minute.
  3. Add the can of tomatoes, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes, then stir.
  4. Add the fresh basil and cheese rinds.
  5. Cover, lower heat to medium-low, and cook for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. During the last 15 minutes, bring a large pot of water to boil.
  7. Salt the water and cook the penne pasta 3 minutes UNDER the listed cooking time on the package.
  8. Save 1/2 cup of the pasta water from the pot, then drain the pasta.
  9. Remove the basil, carrot, cheese rinds, and garlic cloves if they haven't dissolved.
  10. Add the reserved pasta water to the sauce, then add the pasta.
  11. Cook pasta in sauce for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  12. When pasta is ready, turn off heat and add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese to the pot.
  13. Drizzle olive oil over the pasta, gently blend, and it's ready to roll!

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