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Red Pepper and Eggplant Pasta Sauce

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Red Pepper and Eggplant Pasta Sauce
Sugo al Pepperoni e Melanzane
by James Belardo

Inspired by our Pasta alla Norma, this recipe adds sweet red peppers and savory pancetta make this simple sauce delectable. 

Ingredients
1/3 lb pancetta, cut up in little cubes
2 Red Bell Peppers
1 Green Bell Peppers
2 small eggplants
1 can of plum tomatoes – preferably San Marzano  (hand crushed)
1 cup white wine (pinot grigio)
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or vegetable stock
1 onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon (freshly squeezed juice)
olive oil
avocado oil
2 bay leaves
Basil
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
salt and pepper (to taste)

Pasta
Rigatoni
Penne

Topping
Grated Ricotta Salata Cheese
Grated Pecorinio Romano Cheese

Directions
1. Fry eggplant, set aside.
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2. In a medium sized dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and fry the pancetta
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3. When pancetta browned toss in the onions and sauté the onions, garlic and optional hot pepper flakes.
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3. Once the onions show transparency and the garlic softens, add the peppers, mix well and cover..
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4. When the pepper begin to  soften add 1 cup of white wine (Pinot Grigio) and let return to a simmer.
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5. After a few minutes, add 1 cup of chicken stock and let return to a boil.
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7. add the hand crushed plum tomatoes and let return to a boil
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8. Once the sauce returns to a simmer, add salt, pepper and some bay leaves
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7. While the sauce is simmering add the basil and lemon juice. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste (if needed).
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8. let cook for 5-minutes or so before adding the cooked eggplant.
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9. Cook the pasta and let sauce continue to cook as well, you may need to add 1 cup of water.
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10. Serve the grated Ricotta Salata or Pecorino Romano cheese!
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Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

August 28, 2017 at 6:28 PM

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