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Nonna Teresa's Sant' Alberto Pasta

Ingredients

300 g dried bucatini , or rigatoni
olive oil
50 g coarse stale breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon dried red chilli flakes
5 cm fresh horseradish
2 cloves of garlic
½ a bunch of fresh thyme , (15g)
2 dried red peppers , (see tip) or 8 sun-dried tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil

Directions

1. Cook the Sant’ Alberto pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful of starchy cooking water.

2. Meanwhile, for the pangrattato, put 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large frying pan on a medium-high heat with the breadcrumbs and chilli flakes. Peel and finely grate in the horseradish, then fry for 5 minutes, or until crisp, stirring regularly. Tip into a bowl and put aside. Return the frying pan to a medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Peel, finely slice and add the garlic, strip in the thyme leaves, then tear in the dried peppers, discarding the seeds. Fry for just 1 minute, then toss in the drained Sant’ Alberto pasta, loosening wit a little reserved cooking water, if needed. Season to perfection, divide between warm bowls, drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and generously sprinkle over the pangrattato.

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