Bowtie Arrosto

October 14, 2012

I have this problem that rears its ugly head every October. I hate Halloween. I mean I really hate it. I wish I liked it. October with all its candy, costumes, pumpkins, and beautiful weather…I should like it, right?

I have never had great experiences with dressing up or trick-or-treating so the whole Halloween thing is no big deal to me.

But, I feel like, in order to take part in some of the Halloween spirit, I like to watch scary movies and ghost hunting shows. I get scared so easily but still insist on watching these shows and movies every October. I am still scared from the first and only time I watched Paranormal Activity, in the day light with all the lights on.

This has to be one of Mike’s biggest pet peeves about me. I get scared. He falls asleep. I wake him up three minutes later claiming I just saw the bedroom door move open.  He sleepily checks out whatever claim I made and reassures me there is no ghost in the house. He falls back asleep. I wake him up a few minutes later saying there was some noise by the back door. You get the gist. This goes on for quite some time.

Am I the only one that has this love/hate relationship with scary movies and shows?

I seem to have this love/hate relationship with a lot of things; carbs, sweets, spice. This is the perfect recipe if you too have a love/hate relationship with spicy foods. You can control the spice for days when you want it spicy or days when you don’t.

Curl up with a big bowl of pasta to your spice liking and then maybe watch a scary movie, if you (unlike me) can handle it.

Bowtie Arrosto

Course Entree
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot minced
  • 3 Cloves Garlic grated
  • 1 Pound Chicken Sausage casings removed
  • ½ Cup Chopped Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
  • 1, 28- ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • ¼ - 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes depending on how hot you like it
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 4 Cups Bowtie Farfalle Noodles


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium/low heat for about a minute.
  2. Add the shallot to the hot pan and sauté for two minutes.
  3. Add the grated garlic to the pan and cook for one minute.
  4. Add the chicken sausage to the skillet. Use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to break apart the sausage as it cooks. Increase the heat to medium/high. Cook the meat until it browns, seven to ten minutes.
  5. Add the roasted red peppers, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Mix and turn heat back down to medium/low. Add the seasonings, stir, and cook sauce for ten to twelve minutes.
  6. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop the pasta, and cook for seven minutes while the sauce cooks. Drain pasta and then add it to the sauce.
  7. Remove from heat and serve.

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  • Sadye
    June 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This is wonderful if you have it fresh, but it REALLY benefits from letting the whole thing meld for a few days (I’m a lazy cook, so I make things that can be frozen until I need them).

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  • Maggie @ Kitchie Coo
    October 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    You know what? I am scaredy cat like that with our without scary movies, so I tend to just stay away from them! 🙂
    This pasta looks amazing and easy. Always looking for meals like this right now!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    October 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I want that cheesy bread…And I definitely have a partial jar of roasted red peppers kickin it in my fridge, so this is definitely going on the list.

    I have this problem with scary things where I can’t shower for like 2 weeks after watching them…it doesn’t matter if there is a scary shower-killer scene or not, I get freaked out by not being able to see beyond my shower curtain, and turn off the water every 2 seconds to determine if that noise I thought I heard was a killer or just my cats.

    • Stefanie
      October 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

      I always lock the door to our bathroom and sometimes I bring Weezer the killer guard dog in with me! Sad but true.

  • Ashleigh
    October 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I am the same way! My husband loves to watch scary movies, which I view peeking through my fingers, and then gets annoyed when I wake him up all night. I get horrible nightmares! It all stems from growing up in a house which the town considered “haunted” (weird, I know)…I never wanted to be home alone! BTW: This pasta looks so tasty…I love chunky sauces.

    • Stefanie
      October 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      Oh my gosh! I don’t think I could stay some place which I knew was supposedly haunted for more than one hour!

      • Ashleigh
        October 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

        We didn’t even know about the rumors until our house was on a home tour almost 10 years after we moved in…people were lining up and my aunt overheard the story. Totally creepy. I just refused to believe anything!