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Our Figs and Bell Peppers: Summertime Pasta Goodness

Date: September 3, 2018 - categories: , - 3 Comments

Ripe figs dangle now off our fig tree.
 Many of those we’ve picked are headed for jam and a fig sauce for ricotta:
 
Today, a few figs joined yellow bell peppers in a tasty pasta dish. The sweetness of the figs and peppers was attenuated with diced celery, scallions and chili pepper.  This dish is easy, rapid…and colorful!
 
Pasta ai Fichi e Peperoni
 
Ingredients (for 4 persons):
 
8 -10 ripe figs
2 yellow bell peppers
1 or 2 scallions (or 1/2 white onion)
olive oil, q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)
salt, pepper, q. b.
grated Parmesan, q. b.
Extra virgin olive oil, q. b.
pasta, penne or rigatoni (400 grams)
 (*a hint: one lb of pasta for every 5 persons)
 
Slice bell peppers into strips:
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Dice celery and scallions (or onion) and then simmer until golden in olive oil.

Add bell peppers and simmer about twenty minutes:

Put salted pasta water onto boil.  Dice figs and when peppers are tender, add the figs.  Salt to taste.  Add a chili pepper (or two! – depends on you). Simmer another ten to fifteen minutes (about the cooking time for pasta).

 
When pasta is al dente, drain it, setting aside some of  the pasta water (“brodo della pasta”). Add a bit of this boiling water to the figs/peppers sauce if needed to make it more creamy.  Serve. Add Parmesan.
Buon appetito!

3 Comments

  • Bev Oliveri says:

    Oh my! Your figs are large, our’s are small! We would never have enough to make that delicious recipe! Maybe our market will have larger ones and we can try this recipe!
    Or, we could come in the Fall and you and Pino can make this for us!
    Hugs!
    Bev

  • Anne Robichaud says:

    Not sure if any left..but will save you some cooked ones to eat on ricotta and bread

  • Bev Oliveri says:

    Wonderful! Can’t wait to visit!
    Xxxxx,
    Bev

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