Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Spicy Spaghetti with Three Peppers and Onions

This recipe was a chance to prove to my boyfriend that I CAN make spicy food! I think he just likes to pretend that he's so rough and tough and nothing is spicy enough for him. It's all an act but that's okay, I know he really liked this dish! It's another one from Rachael Ray's new Cookbook Look and Cook. I did change this up quite a bit so I'm going to give you my version of this recipe. The original recipe was very saucy and used a can of crushed tomatoes. I thought it would be nice to do something different and have a lighter sauce that really focused on the peppers. My version uses an odd ingredient...marinated tuscan peppers also called pepperoncini. These are the peppers you'll find on an antipasto platter or in giardineria. I've really been trying to find ways to use them because I find that they have a lot of flavor. Their texture is a little off and they are almost waxy and don't have a meaty texture. However, if you slice them thin enough they will incorporate their flavor and you will barely notice them by sight. The liquid that they are packed in has a lot of flavor and heat as well. It's vinegary and it's definitely a good thing! Next time I'm going to thinly slice some fennel and cook it with the peppers and onions. I can't wait to try that!

Spicy Spaghetti with Three Peppers and Onions

Inspired by Rachael Ray's Recipe in Look and Cook


1 pound spaghetti
extra virgin olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, quartered lengthwise seeded, and thinly sliced
2 cubanelle peppers, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
6 marinated tuscan peppers, tops cut off, seeded and thinly sliced
1 large vidalia onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup - 3/4 cup of tuscan pepper liquid
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp butter
about 1/2 cup chicken stock or pasta water (or both)
2 tbsp basil (dorat frozen cubes)
romano cheese
salt and pepper
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes


Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water and cook the spaghetti until al dente.

While water is coming to a boil, heat EVOO in a large skilled over medium-high heat. Add onions, red and cubanelle peppers as you slice them, stirring occasionally. When onions and peppers are softened (about 10 minutes) push veggies aside and add butter garlic, crushed red pepper and tuscan peppers to the center of the pan. Continue to cook for a few minutes and then add tomato paste and basil. Stir to combine. Add salt and black pepper. Add juice from peppers, and stir. Let it cook for a minute and add some chicken stock as needed. Let continue to cook on low until pasta is ready.

Strain pasta (reserving some pasta water)when it is slightly undercooked. Add to peppers and toss to combine and coat pasta with the sauce. Add a ladle of pasta water if needed. Toss with some romano cheese.

Click here for a printable recipe.


Patti T. said...

I can't eat hot things like I used to, my stomach hurts just reading this, but "back in the day" I would have loved this.

All Things Yummy said...

yum, I love spicy food and my hubby is a big fan of peppercinis. I'll have to give this a try.

justjoycee said...

Looks great and I love hot and spicy!!!