A vegetarian, A. Ferber finds it no challenge to create pasta dishes to suit her tastes. This is one that received rave reviews at a large family gathering.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper (about 1/2 lb.), rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips
1 onion (1/2 lb.), peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 Roma tomatoes (1/4 lb. each), rinsed and cut into quarters
1/2 pound green beans, rinsed, ends trimmed
6 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into quarters
1/2 cup dried tomatoes (5 oz. total), cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
2 tablespoons pine nuts
9 ounces fresh linguine
About 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
How to Make It
In an 11- by 17-inch pan, mix oil with bell pepper, onion, and fresh tomatoes.
Bake in a 425° regular or convection oven for 15 minutes. Add beans and garlic, mix, and bake until tomatoes are soft and well browned around edges, 25 to 30 minutes longer.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over dried tomatoes. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes are soft, about 20 minutes.
Also, in an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, shake pine nuts frequently until pale gold, 1 to 2 minutes; pour from pan.
When vegetables are almost done, bring about 3 quarts water to a boil in a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat.
When vegetables are done, add dried tomatoes and their soaking liquid to the pan. Stir to release browned bits in pan and keep mixture warm. At the same time, add the linguine to the boiling water and cook until pasta is barely tender to bite, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta and pour into roasting pan; mix well, lifting with 2 forks. Add pine nuts and 1/2 cup cheese, mix, and spoon pasta into wide bowls. Add more cheese and salt to taste.