Hot Peppers and Pasta
Recipe by Shereen Pavlides of Shereen's Tweet-n-Eats
5 long hot peppers - slice down the center, remove seeds from 2 peppers (if desired)
2 bell peppers (orange and yellow) - sliced, then cut in half
3/4 cup olive oil - divided
Kosher salt / freshly ground black pepper
1 pound penne rigate
5-inches (2 ounces) day old Italian bread - puréed in food processor (1 1/2 cups)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
3 tablespoons + 1/4 cup chopped parsley - divided
4 garlic cloves - minced
1 freshly squeezed lemon + zest (1/4 cup juice)
1 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
1 cup freshly grated aged asiago cheese
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place peppers on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil over the peppers, season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 full turns on the pepper mill. Toss to evenly coat. place in oven and roast until tender, 15 - 17 minutes (toss halfway through cook time). Remove. Set aside.
In 6-quart pot bring salted water to a rolling boil over high heat. add penne and cook until tender with a slight bite (al dente), 10 minutes. drain pasta. set aside. Dry pot and reserve.
meanwhile: toss bread crumbs with melted butter, 3 tablespoon parsley, season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 full turns on pepper mill. toss to evenly coat. set aside.
In reserved 6-quart pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons oil. when oil is heated and shimmers add garlic and sauté until fragrant, 30 seconds. add lemon juice and reduce by half, 30 seconds - 1 minute. add 1/2 cup oil, reduce heat to medium - low to infuse the garlic, 1 minute. return penne, peppers, zest and grated cheeses to the pot with the garlic oil. season with 1 1/4 teaspoon salt and 3 full turns pepper on the pepper mill. Toss to combine. Pour penne pepper mixture into a baking dish. evenly spread bread crumbs on top. Bake until golden and crisp, 15 minutes. remove. rest 5 minutes. serve.
prep time: 20 minutes
cook / bake time: 38 minutes
serves: 6 - 8
This recipe provided by Covered Bridge Gardens
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