Few months ago I received a great present from a close friend who lives in Basilicata (deep South of Italy).
I received a lot of dried local pasta like orecchiette and cavatelli, wild boar salami, local cheese and much more.
I received also a big packet of sun dried sweet peppers which are typical of Basilicata.
I still have some of them and I used those peppers in a quick but very tasty recipe combined with some orecchiette left.
If you can't find orecchiette you can use spaghetti, penne, maccheroni of any kind. :)
3 medium sun dried sweet peppers
2 anchovies in oil
3 tablespoons tomato sauce
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
2 cups orecchiette (or the serving size you like of the pasta you have)
Let orecchiette boil in a big pot of salted water, if they're dried they should boil for 14-16 minutes (taste them).
In a pan heat extra-virgin olive oil, add chopped peppers (without seeds) and garlic and stir frying for a couple of minutes then add anchovies and let them "melt" with peppers.
Remove the garlic, add the tomato sauce and stir well.
Cook for 2-3 minutes more then use a blender and reduce the sauce to cream.
Season your pasta hot with this sauce and eat immediately, it's sooo tasty!