Conchiglie with Tomato & Pancetta

Take a shell shape, add some delicious favourite ingredients which will nestle, hidden in the shells on the plate, and before you know it, it’ll be ready to serve… and they’ll come willingly to the table, pronto.

Ready in 35 minutes
Serves 4 people


300g Cook Italia Conchiglie Pasta shells
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Medium Carrot, finely diced
1 Medium Onion, finely diced
1 stick Celery, finely diced
200g Pancetta or thick Smoked Bacon, cubed
1 bottle Cook Italia Passata
1 tablespoon Cook Italia Tomato Purée
A handful Fresh Basil, roughly torn
A pinch Salt and Black Pepper
A good sprinkling Cook Italia Grated Italian Cheese


Warm the Olive Oil in a pan on a medium heat, then add the crushed garlic and cook, stirring, for about a minute, until it is softened but not burnt.

Add the carrots, onion and celery and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until softened but not burnt.

Add the cubed pancetta and cook for a further 10 minutes until it’s browned and sizzling.

Turn the heat to low, then carefully pour in the Passata and the Tomato Purée with a pinch of salt and pepper and stir well, then let the sauce bubble gently for about 10 minutes whilst you cook the Pasta.

Cook the Pasta in a large pan of boiling water, with a pinch of salt, for 11 to 13 minutes. When it is how you like it – ‘al dente’, or slightly softer – drain it and tip the hot, drained Pasta into the sauce.

Add the fresh basil if using, and stir well until the Pasta is thoroughly coated in the sauce.

Serve immediately, offering Grated Italian Cheese and freshly ground black pepper for the truly Italian touch.

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