When you can't decide what you want, pasta is always a good choice. This makes an excellent side dish or main event. The sauce can be made ahead. Plus, I'm tired of talking about St. Patty Day food for a few minutes.
Penne Pasta in a Hot Pepper Sauce
about 3-4 servings
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 pound salt pork or bacon, diced in small pieces
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) can solid pack tomatoes, or 2 cups fresh tomatoes, peeled
1/4 cup dry red wine
salt and pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon dry red pepper flakes (more or less if you like)
1/2 pound penne pasta
Parmesan cheese for topping
Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the salt pork or bacon, garlic and onion, and stir over medium flame until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes, wine, salt, pepper, and red pepper. Cook, stirring now and then, for 20 minutes. This can be done ahead.
Cook the penne following the package directions. Drain and serve with sauce and cheese on top. How hard was that!