Yesterday I sauntered into Trader Joe's for wine and Greek feta. I left with one additional item - a small round tin of dark chocolate wedges placed ever so purposefully at the checkout counter. It pared nicely with the Nero d'Avola wine and was impressive in tonight's meal.
One small wedge of chocolate was all it took to transform the baby tomatoes with chilies and wine into a rich and spicy sauce for the penne pasta.
The method is simple and comes together in less than 30 minutes. Warm olive oil for a minute before adding 4 chopped garlic cloves. Add orange and red baby tomatoes, sliced in half. Season with salt, cane sugar, Urfa red chilies, Nero d'Avola wine, a piece of dark chocolate.
Top with freshly grated Parmesan and serve with a glass of wine.