Arrabiata—Chile Peppers in a Sauce

Food and Travel,International Food,Recipes
June 5, 2012

A steaming bowl of fresh-cooked linguine with hot chile peppers, really good extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil—what could be better?

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I do some of my best thinking in the shower. One of the tastiest dishes I ever had popped into my mind this morning as the water ran over my head: Linguine Arrabiata. A steaming bowl of fresh-cooked linguine with hot chili peppers, really good extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil. I had this in New York a few months back, and it stuck in my mind.

The beauty of this dish is its simplicity. The chef's addition of fine-grated lemon peel is brilliant. The acidity marries beautifully with the sharp pepper heat.

Traditionally, arrabiata sauce is made spicy with dried red chile flakes; however, for a change, I sometimes use a minced fresh serrano or jalapeno. I use the seeds and all. If you want a milder version, leave the seeds out.

I favor angel hair or linguine for this recipe. But you can use penne pasta or another short pasta shape for this dish.

—By Chef Steve Petusevsky

Angel Hair Mushroom Arrabiata

A steaming bowl of fresh-cooked linguine with hot chili peppers, really good extra-virgin olive oil and fresh basil.

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