Penne with Roasted pepper sauce and tonight the first thunderstorm…


Simple, straightforward and delicious, here is how it is made:

Allow 75g to 110g of penne per portion depending on appetites

3 large red bell peppers
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
650 grams crushed, diced or whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2/3 cup grated pecorino cheese
A handful of Basil to decorate

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the salt then add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and reserve 2 ladles pasta water.
While the pasta is cooking, preheat the oven to 200 C and roast the bell peppers until blackened. This will take about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover and let cool for 5 minutes. Discard the peel and seeds. Using a food processor, puree the bell peppers for 30 seconds.
In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in the crushed red pepper, then the pureed roasted bell peppers. Stir in the tomatoes and oregano and heat through, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on moderate heat stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add the pasta and stir. Garnish with freshly grated pecorino and basil.

And here are my favorite lilac butterflies from the House of Butterflies in Qrendi

14 responses to “Penne with Roasted pepper sauce and tonight the first thunderstorm…”

  1. Looks lovely Lea. (I am proud of my alliteration.)

    1. hehe:) Thank you Conor ! Have a great weeknd ….

  2. NOW YOU TALKIN !!! šŸ˜€ My kind of food !!!!!
    Lea, the ordinary email link to this post was lost: I got the ‘missing’ message and had to search for the post. Anything you can do at your end ?

    1. So nice to hear from you Margaret Rose! yes I agree with you, simplicity is always best. WordPress comes up with all sorts of surprised as we all know… Who knows why that happened ! Have a great weekend šŸ™‚

  3. Come and join my Cooking Challenge with recipies from all over the world! Wait for you. Ostriche

  4. The food sounds wonderful and I do like your butterflies. Hope the thunderstorm wasn’t too severe. Or do you like them? šŸ™‚

    1. Thank you and they are my favorite butterlies at House of Butterflies by Denis Magro. I dont mind thunderstorm as it means we will get a nice sunny day tomorrow :). As long as i am indoors of course ! Have a great week …

    1. Thank you Elaine šŸ™‚

  5. Looks great and was indeed great too as I found out at dinner tonight!

    1. Haha thanks I am so glad you enjoyed it šŸ™‚

  6. Looks amazing! And I love the butterflies!

    1. Thank you and i love those butterflies in particular, taken at the House of Butterflies by Denis Magro

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