red pepper flake pasta

“She stared miserably at Olaf’s plate of food and found herself wishing she had bought poison at the market and put it in the puttanesca sauce.” -The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket 

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca 


  • 1 package of spaghetti
  • 4 or 5 fresh tomatoes, diced, or one can of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • A handful of olives and capers, diced
  • 3 tablespoons (approx.) of olive oil
  • Parsley for garnish 
  • Salt, pepper, sugar, and red pepper flakes to taste
  • [optional] Anchovies 


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water. When done, toss with olive oil.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, sauté the garlic¹ and anchovies in olive oil. 
  3. Once the garlic is browned, add the tomatoes to the pan. Reduce, a word which here means “thickening a liquid by cooking over a low heat.” If the sauce is too tart, add a pinch of sugar. 
  4. Add the olives and capers, and stir. Season with salt, black pepper, and red pepper to taste. 
  5. Spoon sauce over spaghetti. Serve with a sprig or two of parsley. 

¹To prevent the garlic from sticking to the knife, sprinkle each clove with salt before cutting. 


Baked Chicken & Zucchini Rigatoni


1 box (1 lb) rigatoni noodles

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 large zucchini, cut into bite-sized cubes

Seasoning blend (for both chicken and zucchini) - ½ tbsp Herbs de Provence, ½ tbsp dried basil, ½ tbsp dried oregano, 1 tsp lemon granules, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 2 tsp granulated onion, 2 tsp granulated garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.

2 cups pasta sauce of your choice

Olive oil

1 - 1 ½ cups cheese of your choice (I used parmesan)


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your rigatoni noodles so that they are 2 minutes from being cooked to al dente.

In two small bowls, toss your chicken and your zucchini with olive oil and the seasoning blend

In a pan/skillet, heat a tbsp or two of olive oil over medium heat.

Cook the chicken thighs over medium heat until they are fully cooked.

Remove from pan into a large bowl.

Par-cook/soften the zucchini in a tbsp of olive oil.

Remove from pan into the same large bowl.

Once the pasta is 2 minutes from being al dente, drain and rinse under cold water.

In the same large bowl, combine the pasta with the chicken and zucchini and incorporate the sauce.

NOTE: Use as much or as little sauce as you would like.

In a baking dish or cast iron pan, layer the pasta, layer the cheese, layer the pasta, and finish with a layer of cheese.

Allow the pasta to bake for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees and in the last minute or two, turn your broiler on high and allow the cheese to completely melt.

Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.


Pasta with Chickpea Sauce and Veggies

-4 cans of chick peas, 1 drained, 3 not drained
-1 small onion
-3 cloves of garlic
-olive oil
-½ tsp red pepper flakes
-mixed veggies (I used cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach)
-pasta of choice
-salt and pepper to taste

-Combine oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in pan and cook until garlic is brown.  Add 3 cans of un-drained chickpeas.  Bring to a simmer.  Use an immersion blender, or a regular blender, to cream sauce.  After, add the final can of drained chick peas in.  Add salt and pepper.
-Cook pasta according to directions on the box.  Keep ¼ cup of the pasta cooking liquid before draining.
-Saute onion and mixed veggies in a separate pan.
-Combine sauce, pasta, and ¼ cup pasta cooking liquid, and simmer until sauce has thickened.  Stir in mixed veggies, and serve!

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