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Linguine Paprikash Sauce

Paprikash is initially a specialty from Hungary, but like with many other things, some Italian Chef thought of serving it as an original spaghetti sauce, covering some italian pasta with it! The term paprikash refers to a sauce or stew, spiced with paprika, tomatoes, red peppers and sour cream. A delicious european vegetarian spaghetti sauce... (I took the liberty to add ground veal to this recipe when I made it, but the traditional linguine paprikash recipe strictly includes nothing but vegetables)

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Linguine with paprikash sauce

Ingredients (for four guests):

1 pound linguine pasta, or spaghetti
2 red peppers
1 large onion, chopped in thin slices
2 cloves garlic, to be pressed in
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp sweet paprika, not the spicy one
1 pinch salt
1 pinch freshly gound black pepper
8 ounces marinara sauce
1 cup liquid chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream

Cooking instructions:

1) Cook linguine according to package instructions until 'al dente'.

2) Slice the seeded red bell peppers, lengthwise, in slender strips; then slice each strip in two.

3) Heat olive oil in large saucepan over medium heat until hot. Cook bell peppers, onion and press in the garlic;
cook for about 7 to 9 minutes or until bell peppers are tender.

4) Mix flour, paprika, pinch of salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Add this to the saucepan with peppers and onions.
Cook over medium heat about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the marinara tomato sauce and broth; stir in saucepan.
Bring to a boil; stirring constantly to avoid sticking.
Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer, uncovered, until sauce thickens.

5) Remove saucepan from the burner; pour the sour cream into sauce and mix.
Cook over low heat 1 minute until the sauce is hot once more; do not boil this time. Pour sauce over linguine and toss.

I suggest you allow your guests to add some parmesan cheese as they like.

This recipe serves paprika linguine for 4 people.