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Spicy Penne Pasta

Spicy Penne Pasta


  • 3 heads garlic
  • 4 tablespoons Extravagonzo Red Chili Culinary Oil, divided use
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, plus a pinch, divided use
  • 4 links Spicy Italian Chicken sausage, diced into small cubes
  • 1 small onion, diced small
  • 2 cloves Catch a Fire Italian Garlic, pressed through garlic press
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Pinch Ghost Pepper Flakes
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 (14.5 ounce) cans organic, no-salt diced tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounce bag whole wheat Penne pasta
  • ½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped, divided use
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced, divided use


  1. -Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and prepare 3 small squares of foil for garlic heads.
  2. -Cut the tops off of the 3 heads of garlic, drizzle each with about 1 teaspoon of the Extravagonzo Red Chili Culinary Oil and sprinkle on a pinch of salt; wrap each garlic head tightly in a small piece of foil, and roast in the oven for 40 minutes; remove from oven, unwrap the heads and allow to cool; then squeeze the cloves from the papers and smash lightly with a fork to form a paste, and set aside to use in sauce.
  3. -In a large, heavy-bottom pan or pot, add 2 tablespoons of the Extravagonzo Red Chili Culinary Oil; once hot, add the diced chicken sausage and cook until golden-brown; next add the diced onion, and sauté for about 2 minutes; next add the Catch a Fire Italian Garlic, the Italian seasoning, the oregano and the pinch of Ghost Pepper Flakes, and give a stir, allowing to become aromatic; once aromatic, add the red wine and deglaze the pan, gently scraping all of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan; next add the tomato paste and stir, and allow to cook for about 1-2 minutes until the raw flavor is cooked out, then add the 3 cans of diced tomatoes, the reserved roasted garlic, the 1 ½ teaspoons of salt and the black pepper, and allow the sauce to simmer slightly covered for about 20-25 minutes while the Penne is cooked and the breadcrumbs are made; stir occasionally.
  4. -Prepare the Penne pasta according to package instructions (you can add some salt and oil to the cooking water, as well).
  5. -While Penne cooks and sauce simmers, combine the Panko breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon of the Extravagonzo Red Chili Culinary Oil in a small bowl, and use your fingers or a fork to incorporate together; in a small pan set over medium-low heat, add the breadcrumbs and toast, continually stirring, for about 1-2 minutes being careful not to burn the breadcrumbs; once the breadcrumbs are golden brown, remove from the pan and add back into the small dish; next add the lemon zest, 1 tablespoon of the chopped parsley and the grated Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs, and combine well with your fingers of a fork; set aside to use as a garnish/topping for pasta.
  6. -Once Penne is cooked, drain and set aside to add to the sauce.
  7. -To finish the sauce, turn heat off and add in the remaining 1 tablespoon of the chopped parsley and 1 tablespoon of the chopped basil and stir; next, add the cooked Penne directly into the sauce (or you can spoon the sauce over the Penne if easier), and toss to coat.
  8. To Serve:
  9. -Spoon Penne with the Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce into a bowl, and garnish with about 2-3 tablespoons of the Parmesan-Panko Breadcrumbs, and a sprinkling of the remaining 2 tablespoons of chopped basil.

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