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Penne with Spicy Lamb Sauce

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Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.

Today: Pantry pasta, to save the day. 

Spicy Lamb Sauce

Some nights, the ones that most often follow busy days, require meals that emerge from pantry ingredients. On those nights, pasta is usually the order of the evening, and the lamb pasta I’ve made here is among my favorites. The generous spoonfuls of warming spices make this a perfect dish as the weather grows colder. 

Penne with Spicy Lamb Sauce

12 ounces penne
?1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped?
2 garlic cloves, sliced?
1 pound ground lamb
?1 teaspoon paprika?
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
?1/4 teaspoon cayenne
?1 (15-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup crumbled feta
?1/4 cup torn mint leaves 

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.


As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way. 

Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.

Photo by Caroline Wright

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Tags: Lamb, Weeknight Cooking, On the Cheap, Dinner, Faster