Home > Dinner > Pasta & Pizza > Pepperoni Saporiti Pepperoni Saporiti September 28, 2018 | 5 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. An Italian savory bell pepper and tomato sauce with olives over pasta with Pecorino Romano PDO and fresh herbs. This Pepperoni Saporiti has few ingredients and the method is simple, but the flavors in this final dish will blow you away! Pepperoni Saporiti My kids (luckily) LOVE snacking on raw veggies. As long as they have something to dip them in, they could eat them all day long! While not all veggies are equally popular, carrots and bell peppers are consistently gone first. And I’ll admit, those are the first two I’ll go for too. So when we were in Italy this past summer and I saw a pasta dish topped with a bell pepper sauce, you can bet that was the first thing I wanted to try! Sure enough it did not disappoint. And since getting some tips from the very chef in Italy, I’ve tweaked it a bit to create my own version which is a big hit at our home! How to make this Pepperoni Saporiti: To make a savory bell pepper sauce, you’ll start by infusing the Toscano PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oil with garlic, a chili pepper, and fresh herbs. This will create a delicious base for the sauce to begin! The Toscano PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an authentic Italian Olive Oil and you’ll definitely notice a huge flavor difference in this recipe by using that oil. Since the sauce is primarily veggie based, you need a really flavorful oil to make the perfect sauce. After the oil is nice and infused, you’ll add in three thinly sliced peppers, a pint of tomatoes, and some sliced olives. This will simmer over medium-low heat for 35-45 minutes with an occasional stir. The peppers get super soft and tender, the tomatoes form a thick sauce, and the olives continue to infuse the sauce with flavor. While the sauce is simmering you can cook the pasta making sure to reserve some of the cooking liquid for the finishing touches on the bell pepper sauce. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce, add in reserved pasta water as needed, and top with plenty of Pecorino Romano PDO and fresh basil! The Pecorino Romano PDO is the perfect finishing touch for this pasta dish. It gives it a nice salty and intense finishing flavor which really balances out the heat from the chili. This dish just wouldn’t be the same without the Pecorino Romano PDO! Using the best ingredients for Pepperoni Saporiti: I talked a lot about using authentic Italian products here on the blog lately. As a quick refresher; how do you know if a product is an authentic Italian product? Easy! The label on the product will say “Made in Italy.” A lot of products are “Italian-sounding,” or “Italian-looking” but aren’t really made in Italy. By giving labels a quick check you can be sure you’re getting the best authentic Italian ingredients! If the products are genuine and authentically Italian you know you’re getting a high quality product! For this Pepperoni Saporiti, I’m using Toscano PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the beginnings of the sauce and to top the final pasta dish. You’ll definitely notice how much more flavorful your sauce will become with an authentic Italian extra virgin olive oil! In so many Italian dishes there are relatively so few ingredients and those ingredients definitely matter. I’m also using Pecorino Romano which is a hard, salty Italian cheese made out of sheep’s milk. This cheese is spicy, intense, and fragrant and makes all the difference in this dish! It really is the ingredient that ties everything together! Can I change out the fresh herbs in this Pepperoni Saporiti for winter? Yes! In the winter, you can use fresh winter bay leaves in place of the fresh basil. More Delicious Italian Recipes: Italian Bruschetta Caprese Salad Bruschetta Pasta Apple Fennel Salad Helpful Visual Guide: check out how to cut a bell pepper FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Pepperoni Saporiti - Review this recipe An Italian savory bell pepper and tomato sauce with olives over pasta with freshly grated pecorino cheese and fresh herbs. This Pepperoni Saporiti has few ingredients and the method is simple, but the flavors in this final dish will blow you away! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Pepperoni Saporiti - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe An Italian savory bell pepper and tomato sauce with olives over pasta with freshly grated pecorino cheese and fresh herbs. This Pepperoni Saporiti has few ingredients and the method is simple, but the flavors in this final dish will blow you away! Course Dinner Cuisine Healthy, Italian Keyword pepperoni saporiti Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 35 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Servings 4 -6 servings Author Chelsea Ingredients3 tablespoons Toscano PGI Extra Virgin Olive Oil2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced1 red chili pepper, finely chopped (or use 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes*)2 sprigs fresh basil3 sweet bell peppers, I use 1 red, 1 orange, & 1 yellow, thinly sliced1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered**3/4 cup black olives, sliced8 ounces linguine (or similar) pastaFresh basil, for toppingFine sea salt and freshly cracked pepperPecorino Romano PDO InstructionsIn a very large nonstick skillet (large enough to hold all the cooked pasta later on), add the olive oil. Heat over medium low heat. Add in the thinly sliced garlic cloves, chopped red chili pepper (or flakes) and sprigs of fresh basil. Fry over medium-low heat to release the aromas.Meanwhile, cut the bell pepper into thin slices, halve the cherry tomatoes, and slice the olives. Place the peppers, tomatoes, and olives in the skillet and cook over medium heat until the peppers are tender, stirring occasionally. This takes about 30-35 minutes.Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions making sure to RESERVE 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.Add the drained hot pasta to the sauce and toss vigorously to coat. Add the reserved pasta water as needed to help the sauce. Add a few drizzles of additional olive oil, season with salt and pepper as desired (remembering olives and cheese are salty), and serve hot with cheese on top. Recipe Notes*Increase or decrease the heat of this dish with the quantity of red pepper flakes (or chili pepper) 1/4 teaspoon is quite mild and 1/2 teaspoon is spicier. **Can use Piennolo del Vesuvio Tomatoes PDO or San Marzano dell'Agro Sarnese-Nocerino Tomatoes PDO in place of cherry tomatoes. We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.