I set up a facebook account for La Cucina last May and have a found it an excellent marketing tool for the business. I enjoy it to be honest as it is so interactive and it enables us to communicate with our customers and enables them to get to know us a bit better. I decided to do a “facebook cookalong” last week and had a really good reaction to it. I basically give the shopping list on a Friday, the recipe and step by step photos on the Tues and then everyone cooks it that week. They take a photo of their finished dish and tag it back to my page, it’s just a bit of fun and if anything it gets people cooking from scratch or something new that they’ve never cooked before. I’m keeping it as simple as possible to involve everyone, first up was this pasta dish. I love this recipe, it really is so simple but still bursting with flavour, anyone who cooked it loved it so it seems to have been a success.

what you need:

1 280g tin chopped tomatoes

1/2 small onion

1 red chilli chopped or tsp chilli flakes

3 tbsp olive oil

160g pancetta cubes

300g spaghetti

sea salt

grated parmesan or pecorino

what to do:

bring a pot of water to the boil, heat your oil in a frying pan, add your onions and cook until soft but not coloured, add your pancetta and cook until golden:

add your chilli

add your tomatoes, season, mix and cook over a low heat for 15 mins

add salt and your pasta to your boiling water, cook until al dente

once cooked, drain your pasta and add to your sauce

mix together



mop up sauce

leave empty plates feeling full and satisfied:)