Pasta with Capers and Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

  • 6 tablespoons salt-packed capers
  • 1 small red onion, halved lengthwise
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 canned whole tomatoes (preferably San Marzano), chopped
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 lb dried linguine
  • Garnish: fresh mint leaves
  1. Rinse capers in a sieve and transfer to a small bowl. Cover capers with water by about 2 inches and soak 30 minutes. Drain, then repeat soaking. Drain and rinse capers, then squeeze dry and coarsely chop.
  2. Cook onion, cut sides down, and garlic in oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Add capers and cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove and discard garlic and onion. Add canned and cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Stir in mint and pepper, then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Shortly before sauce is done, cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve about 1 cup cooking water, then drain pasta. Add pasta to sauce and cook over high heat, tossing, 10 to 15 seconds. If pasta seems dry, add a few tablespoons reserved cooking water.
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