Dorothy's mostaccioli vegetarian pasta with walnuts

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 \N Onions, yellow; chopped
2 \N Shallots; chopped
3 \N Garlic cloves; chopped
½ cup Oil, Olive
3 tablespoons Oil, Pepper Sherry *
½ \N Walnuts; coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons Oregano, dried
⅓ cup Basil leaves sliced in fine ribbons Save the top centers (florets) of the basil
3 cups Mostaccioli
\N \N Cheese, Mozzarella Shredded for garnish
28 ounces Tomatoes, crushed (canned)
1 cup Wine, Burgundy
½ \N Bell Pepper, red julienne cut
3 \N Zucchini, baby size julienne cut
\N \N Pepper, Red Crushed flakes
\N \N Salt (macaroni)
\N \N Basil leaves; for garnish





=========================== > Directions < ========================= Cook the pasta according to package directions.

In a large skillet or sauce pan: Heat the Olive Oil and the Sherry Pepper Oil. Add and Saute the Oregano, Onions and Shallots until almost translucent before adding the garlic and walnuts. Add the walnuts and garlic. Saute, without letting the garlic brown. Add the crushed Tomatoes and Burgundy wine and Basil. Cook slowly over a low heat, uncovered.

In a microwave oven: Cover and cook the julienned Red Pepper for 1 minute. Set aside. Cover and cook the julienned Zucchini for 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside. The Red Peppers and Zucchini will maintain their pretty coloring by cooking "al dente" in the microwave.

When the tomato sauce has been reduced and is the consistency desired, add the Red Peppers and Zucchini.

Heat the Broiler.

Drain the cooked pasta. (Because water can cling to the insides of these little "macaroni pipes", I give the pasta a few spins in my Lettuce Spinner.) Add the pasta to the tomato sauce and toss.

Taste the sauce, adding salt and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes as desired.

Transfer the Pasta and Sauce to a oven proof serving dish. Liberally, sprinkle shredded Mozzarella Cheese on top of the Pasta mixture. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and garnish with the Basil florets and leaves.

=======================> Notes and Credits < ============================= * Pepper Sherry Oil from The Hot Pepper Jelly Company, Fort Bragg, CA. * ($4½ for a 6 oz bottle ) Source: [ created and shared by Dorothy Hair Davis 3/94]

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