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Pasta Peperonata

Updated February 23, 2016
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This is a great pasta dish using rigatoni, which is quite robust. It makes a really nice lunchtime snack. The mascarpone or crème fraîche is a lovely addition, but you can leave it out if you prefer. It will give you a wonderful mottled sauce, but try it without first and see how you go.

Serves4

Cooking Methodsauteeing

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursehot appetizer, main course

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealdinner, lunch

Moodstressed

Taste and Texturecheesy, chewy, creamy, garlicky, herby, salty, savory, sharp

Type of Dishdry pasta, pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 red onions, peeled and finely sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and grated
  • 2 handfuls of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped, stalks reserved
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 handfuls of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: 2 heaped tablespoons mascarpone cheese or crème fraîche
  • 455g/1lb rigatoni, penne or spaghetti

Instructions

Put all the peppers in a large frying pan over a medium heat with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Place a lid on, and cook slowly for 15 minutes until softened. Don’t rush this too much, as cooking the peppers slowly like this really helps to bring out the flavour. Add the onion and cook for a further 20 minutes. Then add the garlic and parsley stalks and toss around, keeping everything moving in the pan. Cook for about 3 minutes more. Have a little taste, and season with a bit more salt and pepper. Add the vinegar – it will sizzle away, so give everything a good toss. Then add one handful of the grated Parmesan and the mascarpone or crème fraîche if you are using it and turn the heat down to minimum while you cook the pasta.

Meanwhile put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the packet instructions. When cooked, drain in a colander, reserving some of the cooking water. Put the peppers, pasta and parsley leaves into a large warmed bowl. Give them a good toss together, then add a little of the pasta cooking water and a few good lugs of extra virgin olive oil to coat the pasta nicely. Serve straight away, sprinkled with the rest of the Parmesan.

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