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Playing How To Make Linguine with Agrodolce (Sweet & Sour) Cherry Tomato Sauce | Rachael Ray

Rach shares a linguine pasta recipe tossed in a sauce made with fresh cherry tomatoes, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar for a sweet and sour twist.

For another delicious linguine dish, check out Curtis Stone's Creamy Salmon Linguine.


For the quick-pickled chiles and shallots:
  • 2 teaspoons super fine sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 large firm red finger peppers or Fresno chile peppers, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large shallot, very thinly sliced
For the gremolata: (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon orange and/or lemon zest
  • A handful of parsley leaves
  • A few leaves of mint
  • ¼ cup toasted pistachios
For the sauce and to serve:
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile powder or Urfa chile powder (scant palmful)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoons ground smoked sweet paprika/pimenton
  • 2 to 3 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
  • A handful of basil leaves, torn
  • Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • 1 pound linguine


Serves: 4


For the quick pickles, in a small bowl, combine sugar, salt and vinegar and toss with chiles and shallots and let stand, mixing occasionally.

For the gremolata, mince together all ingredients.

For the pasta, heat a pot of water to boil, and season with salt once boiling.

For the sauce, heat a large skillet with a lid over medium to medium-high heat with EVOO, 3 turns of the pan, add garlic and chile powder and swirl. Add sugar, balsamic, paprika, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, cover pot and break tomatoes down, 6 to 7 minutes. Uncover and cook down, 8 to 10 minutes more, stirring frequently.

Drop pasta and cook 1 minute less than directed and reserve ½ cup boiling water.

Drain pasta and toss with sauce, a handful of gremolata and reserved cooking water as needed. Serve from pan topped with pickled chiles and shallots and more gremolata, optional.