Star Wars Menu: “Boba Fett-uccine” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Poor Boba Fett—grouchy-orphan, vengeance-seeker, Sarlaac-snack. Even my little figurine in the photo is missing his antenna; it probably got knocked off in a shoot-out with a despicable Jedi… Boba is a man desperately in need of some nutritious carbs and Vitamin C in his comfort food.
Need meat? Add ¼ to ½ pound of any cooked, diced protein of your choice to the sauce near the end of cooking. Chicken would be a nice addition, or some cooked shrimp. Seafood would remind Boba of his lonely childhood and add fuel to his revenge schemes.
1½ cups roasted red peppers, with liquid (a 12-ounce jar)
½ cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon dry basil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
About 1½ cups red onion, ¼” slivers
Two large red bell peppers, cored and cut into ¼” slivers
8 ounces fettuccine
2 ounces finely shredded Romano cheese, plus more for garnish
Combine the roasted peppers through the crushed red pepper in a blender and puree. Pour into a 3-quart deep skillet. Add the onion and fresh bell peppers to the skillet and bring to a boil. Set heat on a gentle simmer, cover, and cook 20 minutes. Stir a couple times.
Meanwhile, cook the fettuccine as directed in a 4-quart saucepan. Drain and return it to the pot. Cover to keep warm.
Raise the heat on the sauce one notch and cook, uncovered, 10-12 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the cheese and mix in. Add the sauce to the cooked pasta and mix well. Season, if desired. Serve with more grated cheese, if desired. Cover and chill leftovers. Serves 3-4.
Astrid Tuttle Winegar
Astrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which is currently available exclusively in e-book form on the Amazon Kindle, but will soon be released by Oloris Publishing! She loves Middle-earth, Narnia, the Final Frontier, and many other things besides. She has a special love for the Galaxy Far, Far Away. She lives in the enchanted city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and dog. She blogs occasionally at Cooking for Halflings & Monsters. You can check out (and like!) her Facebook page or visit (and follow!) her Twitter feed.