Serves 2

Prep time 1 hr 15 minutes

Ingredients

6 plum tomatoes
8 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 bayleaf
salt and pepper
1 tbsp spiced honey
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 cups water
80g mascarpone
250g penne
3 tbsp grated parmesan
Salt to taste Pepper to taste

Method

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, and gently fry the garlic until golden. Add the bayleaf followed by the chopped tomatoes. Season lightly, add the vinegar, water and honey, and cook covered for 30 minutes at a gentle simmer. Cook the sauce down for a further 20 minutes uncovered to reduce.
Meanwhile, boil water for the pasta, and cook for half the requested time (for penne this was about 4 minutes). Strain and set aside.
Blend the sauce to a relatively smooth consistency, stir in the mascarpone and season to taste.
Mix with the pasta and transfer to an oiled baking dish. Cover in grated cheese, and season lightly, finishing with a drizzle of olive oil.
Bake in a preheated over at 185 degrees Celsius on fan and grill for about 15-20 minutes or until the top has browned and crisped.

Garnish with some torn basil, serve with a side salad – and enjoy!
The sauce can be made ahead of time and frozen. Alternatively, you can prep and cook the whole dish as per above, and then freeze once baked for future meals when you’re short of time.

Recipe and images by Julia Ripard using Milk Mascarpone imported by Quality Foods.

Julia Ripard

Julia Ripard

Homecook, writer and good-food enthusiast. Julia takes from her experience in the kitchen - running her own wine bar in Valletta, to help create relatable and genuine food stories.

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