Bucatini with Rose Red Pepper Sauce and Shrimp

This simple, summery pasta dish gets its vibrant flavor from briny shrimp, red bell peppers and a generous addition of rose wine—and just a little heavy cream, for richness. Red pepper flakes give it a kick of spicy heat. Pour a glass of the same wine used in cooking, and serve the dish for a sunny taste all year round.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp, tails on

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 large red bell peppers, diced

1 red onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, sliced

4 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup dry rose wine

1/2 cup heavy cream

One 12-ounce package dried bucatini

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the shrimp with a good pinch of salt and several grinds of black pepper. Add the shrimp to the hot skillet in an even layer and cook until pink and opaque throughout, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Stir in the bell peppers, onion, garlic, 2 teaspoons of the oregano, red pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Pour in the wine and cream, then scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Bring to a steady simmer, then continue to simmer until the alcohol has cooked off and the sauce has reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a blender and puree until very smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour back into the skillet and keep warm on medium-low heat. 
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente according to package directions; drain well. Add the pasta to the sauce along with the shrimp and 1 teaspoon of the oregano. Continue tossing until everything is well coated and warmed through. 
  4. Transfer the pasta to a large shallow serving bowl and top with the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano.