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Spicy Baked Fettuccine

October 10, 2017

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Classico. The opinions and text are all mine.

This Spicy Baked Fettucine is a wonderful weeknight dinner! Fettuccine tossed with garlic, spinach, pepperoncini, and a spiced tomato sauce and topped with grated pecorino romano and sliced mozzarella - you will think you're sitting down to dinner in Italy!

Spicy Baked Fettuccine


Our kids are getting a bit older now and the travel bug has bitten me! We went on our first big vacation this past May, first airplane flight for most of us, and I came home absolutely excited to plan out future travel plans. Italy is definitely one of my top goals on my bucket list for sure!


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This recipe for Spicy Baked Fettucine is inspired by the Italian region of Molise, a place I absolutely cannot wait to visit. It is an area with various mountains in Southern Italy with the Adriatic Sea to the north. Pictures of Molise online are absolutely breathtaking!





I also find it so exciting that each region of Italy has a long list of foods that are typically made there. Molise is known for one of my absolute favorite Italian dishes of all time - Pasta e Fagioli - a white bean soup that is hearty and comforting in the winter time. In addition, Molise is also known for spicy pasta dishes, adding chilis and pepperoncini to dishes, as well as regional cheeses like Scamorza and Pecorino. 


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My take on a Molise inspired dish uses a few of these ingredients, along with Classico® Spicy Tomato & Basil sauce, for a simple dish that absolutely tastes gourmet in your own kitchen! The quality of the sauce and the cheeses in this dinner really "make" this meal - don't be tempted to skimp on this one, you'll thank me!

Yield: 4 servings

Spicy Baked Fettucini

This Spicy Baked Fettucine is a wonderful weeknight dinner! Fettuccine tossed with garlic, spinach, pepperoncini, and a spiced tomato sauce and topped with grated pecorino romano and sliced mozzarella - you will think you're sitting down to dinner in Italy!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 16 oz fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 pepperoncini peppers, seeded and sliced thin
  • 15 oz Classico® Spicy Tomato & Basil sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • dried basil & crushed red pepper flakes to taste

INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Cook fettuccine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a deep skillet heat olive oil over medium high heat. Stir in spinach, garlic, and pepperoncini. Saute a few minutes until spinach is wilted and garlic is fragrant.
  2. Stir in Classico® Spicy Tomato & Basil sauce and simmer until fettuccine is al dente. Drain fettuccine and return to pot.
  3. Pour sauce mixture over cooked fettuccine, stirring to coat well. Stir in 1/4 cup pecorino cheese.
  4. Transfer half of fettuccine mixture to a round baking dish. Top with half of the sliced mozzarella. Repeat the layers with the remaining fettuccine and mozzarella. Top with dried basil and crushed red pepper.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful these amazing ingredients taste when they all come together in this dish! This would be perfect with your favorite red wine - don't forget to offer additional grated Pecorino cheese and crushed red pepper to amp up the flavor and heat. If you're looking for more authentic-inspired Italian recipes, check out Food Network's site for Italian Cooking!


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Classico has very quickly become my family's favorite sauce for pasta dishes and this Spicy Tomato & Basil variety is by far my favorite! I love the combination of spices and the fact that this particular variety is also inspired by the mountainous Molise region of Italy. Fresh basil and red-ripe tomatoes are blended with red pepper flakes to create just the right amount of liveliness to the flavor of the sauce. If you try this variety, be sure to stop back here and let me know what you thought of it! I'm sure your family will absolutely love it, just like mine did!


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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Classico. The opinions and text are all mine.


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