Fettucine with Two Pepper Sauce

Fettucine is a fresh, noodle-shaped pasta made with eggs and plain wheat flour-which results in a lighter dough than pasta made with durum wheat. Available from Italian delicatessens and most large supermarkets, it only takes a few minutes to cook. The bright red and yellow of sweet peppers adds colour to this dish, which can be served as a starter or, with additional pasta, as a main course. You will need a liquidiser for this recipe.
Preparation time : 15 minutes,
Cooking time : 40 minutes,
Oven : Preheat to 240°C (475°F, gas mark 9),
Calories per serving: 460


serves 4
1 lb (450 g) fettucine
3 red peppers
3 yellow peppers 2 large onions
4 cloves garlic
1 red chilli pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 sprigs rosemary
1 bay leaf Fresh basil leaves for garnish


1. Place the whole peppers on a baking tray and bake in the Oven for 20-25 minutes, until the skins are charred and blistered. Put to one side to cool.

2. Meanwhile, chop the onions into small cubes, finely chop the garlic, and de-seed and finely slice the chilli pepper.

3. Pour the oil into a frying pan and saute the onions and garlic over a moderate heat for 10 minutes, until soft and lightly coloured. Remove half the onions from the pan and keep to one side.

4. With your fingers, peel away the charred skins from the cooled peppers, then halve and de-seed them. Keeping the yellow peppers to one side, add the red peppers to the onions in the pan, along with the chilli pepper, and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes.

5. Pour the contents of the pan into a liquidiser with 3 tablespoons of water and blend until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

6. Stir-fry the yellow peppers with the rosemary, bay leaf and reserved onions in the pan for 3-4 minutes. Remove the herbs and blend until smooth in the liquidiser, then adjust the seasoning.

7. Cook the fettucine in salted boiling water for a few minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet, leaving the pasta cooked but slightly firm. Meanwhile, gently reheat the red and yellow pepper sauces separately.

8. Drain the pasta and transfer to serving plates. Pour over the sauces separately, allowing them to merge if wished, garnish with the basil leaves and serve.

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