Tuesday 30 December 2014

Posted by Judie on Tuesday 30 December 2014
A wonderful rustic-style pasta, delicious with or without the mascarpone or crème fraîche.

Makes 4 servings
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and sliced 
  • 2 yellow peppers, deseeded and sliced 
  • extra virgin olive oil 
  • sea salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 red onions, peeled and finely sliced 
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated 
  • 2 handfuls fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 
  • 2 handfuls Parmesan cheese, grated 
  • 2 heaped tbsp mascarpone cheese or crème fraîche, optional 

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 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.

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.

Adapted from Original Recipe

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