Hands-on Time
29 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Yield
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)
Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat broiler to high.

Step 2

Cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; fold to close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into strips.

Step 3

While bell pepper broils, bring 10 cups water to a boil in a Dutch oven. Add carrots and onions; cook 2 minutes. Add peas; cook 2 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain. Remove carrot skins by rubbing gently with a clean, dry paper towel. Remove stem ends from onions; peel.

Step 4

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, and swirl to coat. Add onions, mushrooms, and fennel; sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to medium, and sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bell pepper, carrots, and vinegar; cook 2 minutes or until liquid almost evaporates.

Step 5

Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes; drain. Combine pasta, remaining 2 tablespoons oil, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, fennel mixture, capers, and crushed red pepper in a large bowl; toss to combine. Add mozzarella; sprinkle with thyme.

Chef's Notes

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