Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sweet Pepper Spaghetti

Since Byrd and I met she has been the spaghetti sauce maker. Although I have several sauces up my sleeve, hers is that good. When it comes to traditional spaghetti sauce it is what I crave. The only problem is she doesn't share my passion for all things noodles. So eating spaghetti is a treasured night around here for me. Tonight was that night, but I thought I would make the sauce to give her a well deserved break. If I remember correctly, I got the original recipe for this one off a food show when I was in college. This sauce begins with thinly slicing a red onion, 3 yellow peppers and 3 red peppers. Heat up 6 tablespoons of Olive Oil on medium heat until smoking. Add in the vegetables, 1 Tbsp of CRP, and 2 Tbsp of Oregano. After about 5 minutes I added 4 gloves of minced fresh garlic and a pound of sliced white button mushrooms. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes total.

Since I posted this I did go back and find the original recipe: Spaghetti with Sweet Pepper--Spaghetti con Sugo di Peperoni

After the peppers are tender add a can of tomato paste and cook until it darkens, which takes about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.Then add in a cup of red wine. Use a dry red, it seems to work better with the sweetness of the peppers. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. I let this cook for 30 minutes or so, adding a little wine and water, to keep the sauce the consistency of ragu.

You can't have spaghetti without garlic cheese bread. Lately we have been using Arnold Select Sandwich Thins, which are lower in calories and get very crispy in the oven. So here it is with a glass of the same wine used in cooking.
It takes a while to cook a great sauce, but it was worth it in the end. Don't be alarmed that this is a vegetarian dinner, it doesn't happen often around here. Over the years I have added a variety of meat, but it is never as good as the original. But for a great sausage and peppers dish, add links of Italian sausage.


  1. I know I must have my dunce hat on but what is CRP? You have mentioned it in the last two posts. crushed red pepper?

  2. Yes mom crp = crushed red pepper, it is a staple around here!