Thursday, May 26, 2011

Book Thirty-Five: The Classic Pasta Cookbook

by Giuliano Hazan

                  Ruote di Corro con Peperonata
                               (Cartwheels (I used penne) with Bell Peppers & Onions)

I believe this book is out of print and what a shame, for this is a wonderful book. You can find used copies from Amazon, but I would check your local used book stores or check out the book sales through your local library. This is my third or fourth recipe from this book and all with great results. His recipes are so clear and easy and so far have tasted great.

Success meter (1-3): 3

Ruote di Carro con Peperonata
(Cartwheels with Bell Peppers and Onions)

Yields enough for 1lb pasta (ruote de carro)

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion
2 red and 2 yellow bell peppers, cored and seeded,
   peeled and cut lengthwise into strips ¼-inch wide
1 cup canned whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice, coarsely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 Tbl finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Put the olive oil and onion in a large skillet over a low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion has wilted and turned golden in color.

Turn the heat up to medium; add the bell peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until they soften slightly, about 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, season with salt and black pepper and add the crushed red pepper flakes. Stir well and cook until the tomatoes have reduced and separated from the oil, about 20 minutes.

Add the parsley, stir for about 30 seconds, and remove from the heat. Set aside.

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan or pot, add 1 tablespoon of salt, and drop in the pasta all at once, stirring well.

When the pasta is almost done, return the skillet with the sauce to a medium heat.

Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain it and toss it with the sauce. Taste for salt and serve at one.

The Classic Pasta Cookbook/Giuliano Hazan

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