Serves: Makes 8 to 10 servings
- 1 pound dry fettuccine
Spicy Tomato Topping
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced plum tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
- ¾ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
Lemon Cream Sauce:
- 1½ cups whipping cream
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
- 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- For the topping, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the carrot and continue cooking, stirring frequently, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the onion and carrots are tender and lightly browned; decrease the heat if needed to avoid burning. Add the tomatoes (reserving the liquid) and simmer 45 minutes longer, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be rather thick, but if it seems too dry, add ¼ cup or so of the tomato liquid. Stir in the red pepper flakes with salt to taste. Let cool, then purée in a food processor with 8 to 10 pulses, until moderately smooth but still a bit chunky, scraping down the side of the bowl once or twice.
- For the lemon sauce, combine the cream, milk, and butter in a medium saucepan. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally and taking care that the cream doesn't boil over. Decrease the heat to mediumlow and simmer 10 minutes to reduce the sauce slightly. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the lemon juice, and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the fettuccine and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until al dente. Drain the pasta well, then return to the empty pot. Add the lemon cream sauce, lemon zest, and half of the Parmesan. Toss to evenly coat the fettuccine.
- Transfer the pasta to individual warmed pasta bowls, spoon ¼ cup of the spicy tomato topping on top, and pass the remaining Parmesan cheese separately.