Linguine Peperonata with Toasted Rosemary Breadcrumbs
30 minutes or fewer
To make this peperonata kid-friendly, we held the onions
- 2 Tbs. plus ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 3 Tbs. olive oil, divided
- 2 ½ tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary, divided
- 3 bell peppers (red, yellow, orange)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
- ⅛ tsp. red pepper flakes
- 6 oz. fresh linguine pasta, strands halved
- 2 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine 2 Tbs. Parmesan, breadcrumbs, 1 Tbs. oil, and 11/4 tsp. rosemary on small baking sheet; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Toast 7 minutes, or until topping is golden. Stir to blend; set aside.
2. Slice tops and bottoms from bell peppers to make 3-inch-thick rings. Remove core and seeds from pepper rings, then slice rings vertically into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
3. Heat remaining 2 Tbs. oil in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and remaining 11/4 tsp. rosemary. Stir 30 seconds. Add bell pepper strips, and sauté 5 minutes, or until just tender.
4. Meanwhile, cook linguine according to package directions for al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.
5. Toss linguine, 1/2 cup reserved cooking liquid or more if necessary, vinegar, and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan with bell peppers in skillet. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Divide pasta among 4 plates, and sprinkle each with
2 Tbs. crumb topping.
January/February 2013 p.82