Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Penne with Spicy Tomato Sauce

From Every Day Pasta - Giada DeLaurentiis

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
¼ tsp salt, plus more to taste
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes, with juice
1 dried bay leaf
8 anchovy fillets packed in olive oil, minced
¾ C pitted kalamata olives, halved
2 Tbsp drained capers
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb penne pasta
3 Tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

In a large casserole or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, and ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Sauté until all the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes longer. Add the tomatoes and bay leaf, and simmer uncovered over low heat until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Add 1 cup of water if the sauce gets too thick. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
Place the minced anchovies and some of their oil in a medium, heavy skillet. Stir over medium heat until the anchovies melt, about 2 minutes. Add the olives, capers, remaining ¼ teaspoon pepper, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until the olives are heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir the olive mixture into the sauce and simmer over medium heat until the flavors blend, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Season with more salt to taste.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often to prevent pasta from sticking together, about 10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the penne to the sauce and toss to coat, adding enough of the reserved of the reserved pasta water to moisten. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.

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