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Mostaccioli with a trio of sweet peppers

Published On: Apr 26 2012 01:14:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 31 2011 05:06:52 AM CDT

The sweetness of bell peppers is the flavor we're celebrating in this colorful dish. Stir strips of grilled chicken breast into the topping to make the meal more filling. Add a dash of red pepper flakes to make the flavor not only sweet but also zesty.

Ingredients


12 ounces mostaccioli (about 4 cups)

2 tbsp. olive oil, divided

1 red onion, cut into ¼-inch strips (about 1 cup)

1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch by ¼-inch strips

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 2-inch by ¼-inch strips

1 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch by ¼-inch strips

4 cloves garlic, minced

¼ c. toasted pine nuts

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper, or to taste

Salt to taste

½ c. fresh basil chiffonade

Freshly ground pepper and freshly grated Parmesan or chévre cheese for garnish

Preparation

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat; add salt, then the mostaccioli. When the water returns to a boil, stir occasionally to separate the mostaccioli. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook for about 12 to 14 minutes, or according to package instructions, until the noodles are al dente.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the bell peppers and garlic; continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the bell peppers are tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in the pine nuts, pepper, and salt. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

When the mostaccioli is done, drain well; return to the pot. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and toss. Add the basil and toss again.

To serve, spoon the mostaccioli into pasta bowls; top with the bell pepper mixture.