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summer and fall pasta

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PORCINI AND SWEET PEPPER SAUCE. This is a variation of the basic tomato sauce using the last good summer peppers  and the first porcini available in the fall. Vegetables are added to the onion and slowly stewed for a long time like a creamy compote.

lumachine pasta in a sweet pepper and porcini sauce

lumachine pasta in a sweet pepper and porcini sauce

Recipe

  • One 400 gr. (12 ounces)  can diced tomato
  • 15 gr. (1/2 ounce)  dried porcini soaked in 2/3 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 red or yellow sweet peppers cut into 1 cm. (1/2 inch) wide, 4 cm. (2 inch) long strips
  • 3 tabsp heavy whipping cream
  • 400 gr. short pasta like penne, rigatoni or lumache ( or gluten-free alternatives)

Use a shallow, thick bottomed pan with a lid over low heat. Soften onion and sweet peppers in 2 tablespoon EVO  oil until soft and falling apart, about 30-45 min. When the mixture starts to dry out, add the soaked porcini with their water.  Simmer until the soaking water is completely reduced. Add the tomato and cook for additional 10 min. until slightly thickened. Add cream, but do not cook it. Use with short pasta with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley or basil, if desired. This sauce can be prepared ahead and frozen. Serves 4.

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

8 thoughts on “summer and fall pasta

  1. Ciao Letizia – I just came across your kind note on my blog for a few back. Grazie for being so sweet! I would love to visit you and the area, for which I am long overdue. Looking forward to reading more delicious blogs from you as well! Un bacio – M:)

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  2. This blog is so beautiful! I just love it. It’s so YOU Letizia. Why did I have to wait to today to find it? I found it because someone came on my blog from here and I saw that and thought hmmmm, are they coming from your main site … or….! Remember last year I told you my friend said to me ” that Letizia, she is the REAL DEAL!” That you are. I would love to be out of the snow with you down there but I think you might still be away. Much love to you, Ruud, Tea, and Google. A presto….. bacioni diana

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  3. Ciao Diana, we are just back from Thailand and Hong Kong (see picture in today’s post). No snow in Assisi but pretty cold, it is tough to get used to the temperature after the tropics. Bacioni a te
    L.

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  4. Letizia, I am making this pasta sauce right now but having trouble getting it to fall apart and not brown. It’s quite brown. But I’m just going to go with it! It smells delightful anyway and we will enjoy it I know.
    I was hoping to meet you in person this fall but life has intervened and now it will be May 2014, but I am determined to eventually cook with you in reality and not just virtually!

    Thank you for your way with food.

    Phyllis

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    • Hi Phyllis, I am sorry but I have only seen your comment now, I hope you enjoyed the pasta anyway. I believe that reason of the color of your sauce is that you must have used to high heat at a certain point during cooking. My peppers stay red (or yellow) until completely cooked. They become brown when I add the porcini with their sauce. Winter peppers can be a bit dry so if they dont fall apart but only become very soft is OK. Buon appetito!

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      • It was delicious! Had my heat down low the whole time until it seemed it was not moving quickly enough for me, at which point I turned it up a little. maybe for too long! Haha. But anyway, it’s all good and eaten now and well-enjoyed. Thank you for the ideas!!

        Peppers kept their color but had some browned edges, which tasted great anyway. Live and learn!

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      • well, you can call it “caramelized peppers and porcini pasta sauce”!

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