Shrimp and Red Pepper Pasta
Sheet pan, blender or food processor , 12 in cast iron pan , 2 tongs, wooden spoon
- 1⅓ red bell pepper (halved, seeds and ribs removed)
- Sheet pan
- blender or food processor
Place peppers on a baking sheet and broil* until skins are completely black. Place in a bowl and cover with a lid or plastic wrap to steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove skins and purée peppers with about 1/2 Tbsp. olive until smooth. Set aside *Alternatively you can leave peppers whole and roast over the flame of a gas stove. Then steam peppers and remove seeds, then purée
- 8 oz shrimp (small)
- extra-virgin olive oil
- 12 in cast iron pan
Heat two Tbsp of olive oil in pan over medium heat. Once oil is hot add shrimp and cook 2-3 minutes.* Season with a little salt. Set shrimp aside along with any juices. *The shrimp will not be fully cooked.
- ⅓ small yellow onion (finely diced)
- ⅛ tsp black peppercorn (ground)
- ⅛ tsp red chili flakes
- ⅓ tbsp tomato paste
- wooden spoon
Dry pan and heat over medium heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil. Once oil is hot add onion and a good pinch of salt. Sauté onions until translucent. Add red chili flakes, black pepper, tomato paste. Cook for about three minutes.
- ⅔ sprigs oregano
- ⅔ cloves garlic (crushed)
- ⅓ anchovy filet
- ⅓ cup water
Deglaze pan with the shrimp juices. Add puréed peppers and water and bring to a simmer. Once mixture is simmering add oregano, garlic, and anchovy filet. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced by about half.
- 1⅓ tbsp cold butter (unsalted)
- ⅛ cup pasta water
- salt (to taste)
Remove oregano stems and garlic. Stir in pasta water, then add butter one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly until butter is melted. Season with salt to taste. Add shrimp to sauce and cook 1-2 minutes, until shrimp are cooked through.
- ⅓ lb fettuccine (cooked al dente)
- ⅛ lemon
Chiffonnade basil. Squeeze lemon into sauce, then add pasta. Using tongs toss pasta for about two minutes to create a silky sauce. Garnish pasta with basil and ground black pepper.