Idris Khan’s Spaghetti Arrabbiata

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I found this recipe for Spaghetti Arrabbiata by the renowned artist Idris Khan and thought that I’d give it a try

Ingredients (serves 4-5)

Extra virgin olive oil
Half a red onion, finely chopped
1tbs balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 red chillies, chopped, seeds left in (depending on how hot you want it)
2 tins cherry tomatoes
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
basil leaves
rind of the Parmesan block (optional)
a little sugar (optional)
one packet of spaghetti
loads of grated Parmesan cheese

Method
Heat 3tbs extra virgin olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan over a medium heat. Add the red onion and stir around a few times to cover with oil.

Add the balsamic vinegar and stir, then add the red wine and reduce down until the onion is nicely caramelised.

Add the garlic and chilli and stir to coat everything in the red wine reduction. After a couple of minutes add the tomatoes and their juice, sprinkle with salt and black pepper and add ten basil leaves (never chop them, just rip them up in your hands).

If you have the rind off the bottom of the Parmesan block, chop this off and add to the sauce. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and cook, stirring from time to time and breaking up the tomatoes, until you have a thick sauce; this will take around 20 to 30 mins. Sometimes the tinned tomatoes may not be sweet enough, so I add a sprinkle of sugar to lift the sauce.

Add black pepper to taste. Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente (I always take two minutes off the time on the packet), drain and add to the sauce, stirring it through until every piece if the spaghetti is covered with tomato.

Serve with a few ripped basil leaves on top and a big bowl of grated Parmesan to sprinkle over.

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