Guitar-Cut Pasta with Bottarga and Chiles: Maccheroni alla Chitarra
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 cup oven-roasted tomatoes, recipe follows
- 1/4 cup basic tomato sauce, recipe follows
- 1 pound maccheroni alla chitarra or spaghettini
- 1 "tongue" bottarga (pressed red mullet roe) shaved or finely grated - or substitute any caviar
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- Oven-Roasted Tomatoes:
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Basic Tomato Sauce:
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
- 1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
- 2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
- Kosher salt
Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons salt.
Cook the pasta according to the package directions, until tender yet al dente, about 6 minutes. Drain the pasta and add it to tomato mixture. Toss over high heat one minute. Divide among 4 heated bowls, shave bottarga over each bowl, sprinkle with bread crumbs, and serve immediately.Oven-Roasted Tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
Cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise, squeeze out the seeds, and remove the membrane. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, oil, salt, and pepper and coat the tomatoes with mixture.
Place the tomatoes, cut side down, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven. Cook for 2 hours, or until the tomatoes are very soft and have lost about half of their liquid.Basic Tomato Sauce:
In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook until the carrot is quite soft, about 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and their juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer until as thick as hot cereal, about 30 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.
Yield: 4 cups