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Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

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Red Pepper Pasta Sauce
Sugo ai Peperoni Rossi
by James Belardo

By adding simple and flavorful ingredients to a basic pasta sauce, you can create something truly memorable. The combination of the sweet peppers with random bursts of savory pancetta make this simple sauce delectable. It’s become a favorite in our household and we’re sure it will reach such status in yours.

Ingredients
1/3 lb pancetta, cut up in small cubes, about 1/4-inch square
3 red bell peppers (you can also use a mix of orange and yellow)
2 green bell peppers
1 can of plum tomatoes – preferably San Marzano  (hand crushed)
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
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
2 bay leaves
Basil
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
salt and pepper – to taste
1-2 cups water – optional

Pasta
Penne
Rigatoni

Topping
Grated Ricotta Salata
Grated Pecorinio Romano Cheese

Directions
1. In a medium sized dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and fry the pancetta.
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2. When the pancetta has browned, toss in the onions and sauté along with the garlic and  optional hot pepper flakes.
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3. When the onions begin to show transparency and garlic softens add the peppers.
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4. As the peppers begin to soften the cup of white wine (Pinot Grigio), let come to a simmer.
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5. After a few minutes, add a cup of chicken stock, let come back to a boil.
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6. Add the hand crushed plum tomatoes along with the tomato paste, mix well and let return to a simmer.
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7. While the sauce is simmering, you can add the basil, bay leaves, pepper and some salt.
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8. Let the sauce cook for at least 5-minutes or so before adding the lemon juice. Taste frequently and add salt and pepper to taste if needed.
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9. Cook the pasta while sauce is simmering.  You may need to add a cup or so of water to the sauce to achieve the consistency you wish.
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10. Serve with grated Ricotta Salata or Pecorino Romano cheese!

 

Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

February 20, 2018 at 4:57 PM

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