Recipe for Penne all'Arrabbiata and benefits of chili pepper
Let's return to the topic of pasta, this time presenting a typical recipe of the area of Rome and particularly appreciated by those who cannot give up the spiciness of chili pepper.
Let's talk about Penne all'Arrabbiata, a dish from the Lazio region now slightly obscured by others more in vogue such as Gricia, Carbonara, Amatriciana, and which is nevertheless possible to continue to appreciate thanks to the work of a few rustic trattorias where simplicity and free-range flavors are at home.
In the recipe we present you chili is already contained in the jar of sauce; but if the pungent soul of this earth fruit does not scare you, you can always add another one and choose whether to use the seeds or remove them and keep only the skin.
Chili pepper: what are the benefits?
Before getting into the subject of making Penne all'Arrabbiata, let's briefly summarize the many benefits of chili pepper for our health, which experts suggest taking into account for our diet.
Here are the most well-known benefits of chili pepper:
- It is rich in antioxidant substances such as vitamin C, carotenoids, polyphenols
- It has an antibacterial and vasodilatory action
- It helps keep cholesterol and blood pressure under control
- It promotes digestion thanks to the presence of capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili pepper which is responsible for its spiciness
- It has an antihistamine function, reducing the symptoms of allergies and asthma.
Be careful though: chili is not for everyone! Besides not being recommended for children and pregnant women, chili pepper is not suitable for those with problems of gastroesophageal reflux, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel diseases, hemorrhoids, gastric ulcer.
Penne all'Arrabbiata: ingredients for 4 people
- 320 g penne rigate
- a jar of sauce all'Arrabbiata
- 1 red chili pepper (optional)
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- salt to taste
- Pecorino Romano cheese to taste
Boil an abundant amount of water in a non-stick pan. Once the water has come to a boil, add a tablespoon of coarse salt and the pasta. Cook for the time indicated on the package (generally 12 - 13 minutes, depending on the type of pasta).
In the meantime, pour a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan and, once heated, add the entire contents of the jar of sauce. If you like particularly spicy flavors, add the chopped red chili pepper to take advantage of its seeds. Heat everything for about 5 minutes.
Once the pasta is ready, drain it and add it to the pan, tossing it a few times. Mix everything well and serve it - even directly in the pan, if you use Primecook's designer products! - providing guests with some grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
Penne all'Arrabbiata are served: enjoy one of the most famous dishes of Italian tradition!