Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

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There are two ingredients that I love more after roasting; red bell peppers and garlic.  Roasting the peppers over a flame until blackened and blistered, then removing the skin and seeds enhances their natural sweetness and they are miles apart in their flavor from the jarred variety.  Garlic as well is transformed when it’s roasted in the oven, becoming soft and sweet and far more subtle than in it’s raw state.  So when I was coming up with a new sauce, I knew I wanted to use both of these ingredients roasted to perfection.

This is such a simple sauce but it does require the patience to roast the items rather than take the easy route.  While a whole head of garlic may seem like overkill; don’t skimp.  And while I’m at it-don’t be afraid of the anchovies.  Yes anchovies.  They add a depth of flavor to the sauce as well as saltiness that if left out would be noticeable.  This is now one of my favorite sauces for pasta and also goes well with chicken and sausage.  Enjoy!

I started by cutting the top off a head of garlic and placed it in a small ramekin, then drizzled it with olive oil.  I covered it tightly with foil and roasted it in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour then let it cool.

In my food processor I added 1 medium diced onion and carrot and pulsed them until finely minced.

In a saute pan I heated 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat and added the onion/carrot mince along with 1/2 teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes and cooked it for 8-10 minutes until soft.  I added 1/3 cup of dry white wine and cooked it for 3 minutes.

I roasted a red bell on my grill until it was blackened and blistered then covered it in a bowl to steam.  After 10 minutes, I removed the stem, skin and seeds then added them to my food processor.  I squeezed out the roasted garlic cloves from their skin and also added 5 anchovy filets.  Don’t skip those.  I whirled the whole mix until pureed.

I drained a 35 ounce can of Italian plum tomatoes reserving 1/3 cup of the juice.  I removed the seeds and added the tomatoes to the food processor then pureed the whole thing again.

I let the sauce simmer on low for 30 minutes and cooked the fettuccine in salted water while it simmered.

This was seriously good.  Enjoy!

Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
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Roasted red peppers and garlic are the foundation of this sauce which is similar to a romesco sauce but without the almonds.
Serves: 6
  • ¼ olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • ½ teaspoon cracked red pepper flakes
  • ⅓ cup dry white wine
  • 2 red bell peppers roasted with skin and seeds removed
  • 1 head of garlic roasted
  • 6 anchovy filets
  • 1 35 ounce can whole Italian plum tomatoes seeded
  • ⅓ cup juice from canned tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  1. Cut the top off a head of garlic and place it in a small oven proof bowl. Drizzle it with olive oil then cover it tightly with foil and bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.
  2. Roast the red bells over a flame or on a barbecue until the skin blackens and blisters. Place in a bowl and cover with foil for 10 minutes to steam. Remove the stems, skin and seeds and set aside.
  3. Place the onion and carrot in a food processor and pulse until minced. Add the oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add the minced onion and carrot along with the red pepper flakes to the pan and cook for 8-10 minutes until soft. Add the wine and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the roasted red peppers and anchovies to the food processor. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skin into the food processor. Whirl it until pureed. Add the tomatoes and process again until it's all pureed then add this to the pan with the onion and carrots. Add the ⅓ cup reserved tomato juice and the fresh thyme and simmer on low for 30 minutes stirring periodically.
  5. While the sauce is simmering, cook the fettuccine according to the package in salted water.









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Fettuccine with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce — 2 Comments

  1. Who would think that anchovies could be so good in sauces? Anchovies have always scared me a little to be honest, but when I tried your beer braised short ribs; I fear them no more! I am putting this on my list of things to make. Although I cant grill the peppers, I can broil them. Thanks Ken!

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