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Pasta alla crema di peperoni

Pasta with Bell Pepper Cream Sauce
Total Time45 mins
Course: Primo
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: braised

Ingredients

  • 400-500g (14oz-1 lb) pasta
  • 2-3 2-3 large red and/or yellow bell peppers, or 400 g (14 oz) mini peppers trimmed and cut into strips
  • 1 medium onion, preferably fresh thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Heavy cream approximately 250 ml (1/2 cup
  • 50g 2 oz Parmesan cheese freshly grated, or more to taste
  • Salt and pepper

Optional

  • A handful of grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
  • A couple of basil leaves

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, sauté the peppers, onions, and, if using, the tomatoes in the olive oil over a moderate flame for about 5 minutes, then add a drizzle of water, lower the heat and cover the skillet partially. Let the vegetables braise until they are perfectly tender, adding more water if things begin to dry out. Take care to avoid any browning. Season the vegetables generously with salt and pepper while they cook. 
  • Transfer the vegetables to a blender or food processor, along with a couple of basil leaves if you have them on hand. Start to blend/process them adding cream in a steady stream until you have a smooth and pourable, but still rather thick, purée. Taste and adjust for seasoning. 
  • Transfer the purée back into the skillet and keep at a very slight simmer, adding pasta water if things get too dry. 
  • Cook the pasta in well salted water until just a bit under the al dente stage. 
  • Transfer the pasta to the skillet with the purée, along with a ladleful of the pasta water. Toss the pasta with the purée over a gentle flame until the purée has thickened enough to coat the pasta well. Add grated cheese and toss once more to let the cheese melt into the sauce. 
  • Serve immediately, with additional grated cheese for those who want it.