Cubanelle peppers are in season! & ever since I snagged one from a nearby farm stand I’d been in-visioning this plate. The sauce for the pasta starts with a whole Cubanelle Pepper blended with a generous amount of olive oil, locally grown garlic, parsley and anchovies. It gets slowly simmered, stirring almost constantly, for about the time it takes to cook the spaghetti. Then pasta water is added along with a splash or two of heavy cream. Toss with spaghetti and *optional* top with charred corn off the cob, red pepper flakes and smoked kippers or sardines. These types of little fish are extremely sustainable, budget friendly, healthy for you, convenient, and IMO so delicious! FULL DISCLOSURE, I seriously regretted not grilling, charring, or roasting the pepper before making the sauce. But hey, I was hungry and I rushed. I’m just a human. 😂 That said, if I get a chance to re-create this dish I will post an official recipe. Overall though, this was very satisfying. Happy summer food experimenting friends!! :
I’m going to start including pricing on some of my posts to show you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat really well.
Not counting pantry staples including the olive oil and cream:
Spaghetti @dececco_pasta $2.29
Smoked kippers @barharborfoods $3.49
Cubanelle pepper $1
Local garlic and corn (I bartered for these, less than $2 value)
Parsley (“free” from my garden)
Since no one in my family likes smoked kippers, I had this for at least 4 meals and it got better as the pasta continued to absorb the flavors while sitting in the fridge. That’s about $2 a meal.