Penne with Tomato and Chilli Sauce

I had a lovely treat last night!

I was busy studying, doing that final push, to get all the work finished and submitted this weekend! I was feeling pretty exhausted and hungry, when some glorious smells started drifting up from the kitchen!

"Mmmm, I thought, smells like tomato and chilli sauce!", And it was! Graham was downstaris cooking his key dish!  

What a star!

It's a simple tomato sauce with a kick of chilli and you really can't beat it. It's a really budget dish too, although you'd never guess it when you taste it.

Graham's Tomato and Chilli Sauce


2 onions, one finely chopped, one roughly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 red chilli,(seeds left in) finely chopped
1 400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
3 tbsp tomato puree
A splosh of wine (red or white)
1 handful freshly torn basil
Salt & pepper to taste
Freshly grated veggie or vegan parmesan


  1. Saute the onion, garlic and chilli in the olive oil, until the onion has softened. 
  2. Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, wine and cook gently for 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  3. Season to taste and add the basil at the last minute. 
  4. Serve with freshly cooked pasta and grated parmesan.

Serves 3-4

Thanks Graham!  It was delicious! 


  1. Go Graham! Looks great! You should come over and give Mike a few lessons!

  2. It's so lovely to be cooked for...

    I'm a chilli wuss too.

    Nice table cloth Holler!

  3. I wish Graham could teach my hubby a few tricks!

  4. Chilies are damn fine. I tone it down just a tad for you chili cowards. Dave used to consume four glasses of water with his meal, but has since come to appreciate the heat of Lisa's Kitchen.

  5. Holler, that looks great and I know the bf would love it - he can't get enough chilli in his food.

    Just to let you know I've nominated you for a Rockin' Girl Blogger award - I know, ANOTHER meme, but this time you get an award out of it! ;)

  6. This was one of the very first dishes I cooked from scatch. Still make it regularly. :)

  7. Hi winedeb, It was tasty, Graham on is on his way! Airmail!

    Hi Lucy, My tablecloth was a bargain, you may be seeing it again!

    Beccy, You are probably better off, although it was amazing, Graham only cooks, about twice a year!

    Lisa, you are right, i am a chilli coward,but, you got me there with the harissa! it is so good!

    Thank you hellojed, you are so kind, I will have to find out what that is!

    wendy, you have such good taste!

  8. Yummy! I love to put red chili flakes in my pasta sauce, but I've never put a whole chili. This Texan is quite proud of you!

  9. Good going Graham! :)

    Looks splendid!


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