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Bowtie Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
340g bow-ties pasta (farfalle)
20g coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
20g lightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp salt, plus more to season
1 tsp caster sugar
1 (795g) tin plum tomatoes
110g coarsely chopped jarred roasted red capsicums
75g sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained and chopped
1) Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, sun-dried tomatoes, and roasted capsicums and cook until the garlic is aromatic, about 1 minute. 2) Crush the tomatoes through your fingers into the pot; stir in their juices, sugar, the 1 teaspoon salt, and season with pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat, stir in the herbs, cover, and set aside for about 10 minutes for the flavours to come together.

3) Meanwhile, bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat. Salt the water generously, add the pasta, and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, saving about 120ml of the pasta water.

4) Before serving, add the vinegar to the sauce. Add the drained pasta to the tomato sauce and toss. Thin with a little pasta water, if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5) Divide among 4 warm serving bowls. Pass the grated cheese, if desired, at the table.

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