Sunday, January 31, 2010

Puttanesca Sauce

This sauce is quick ,easy and so delicious. I first ate this sauce in the little town of Positano along The Almafi Coast. Ladies of the night made this sauce for their lovers after thier interlude together. Puttana means prostitute in Italian.
You will make this again and again.I have made it many times to come to this final recipe. I know you will sing high C's when you share this with your lover.

Puttanesca Sauce

1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves of garlic minced
2 cups of fresh basil chopped
4 plum tomatoes,chopped..The best tasting tomato for cooking
2 tbsp. of anchovy paste
2 tbsp. of capors
1/2 cup of good calamari olives chopped
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1/2 cup of red wine
1 15 oz.can of Contadina tomato sauce
1 tsp.of crushed red pepper
pinch of salt

Saute garlic in oil on low simmer,add tomatoes,olives,capors,anchovy paste,slowly add the red wine,simmer together,add tomato sauce,bring it to a low simmer for about 10 minutes.
add your basil and crushed red pepper and a pinch of salt..throw some over your shoulder for good luck..only a pinch because the capors,olives and paste are salty.
Stir together and simmer another 5 minutes.shut off your heat.
Serve with one pound of Linguini or Fettucini pasta.cooked Al Dente.
Serve with parmesan cheese.I prefer Locatelli..Good hard crusty bread, a nice salad and a bottle of Chianti or any good Italian red wine.
You can also use this sauce over baked fish..any white fillet fish and is good over baked boneless chicken. I have added shrimp to this sauce too.
This was Mom's favorite sauce .I made it for her all the time.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pasta Foglia

This recipe is the best Foglia you will ever make.
This is dedicated to my Mom who was the most amazing Mother and cook.
She always said,"Olive oil,red wine and garlic, you will never go wrong."

Pasta Foglia serves 6 to 8

3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 cup of Italian red wine, I use Paisano red table wine for cooking
1 (29oz.)can of tomato sauce..any brand will work
1 can of water
2 ( 20.oz.) cans of white cannellini beans ( do not drain)
8 oz. cooked ditalini noodles,:al dente"
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, cut in small pieces..optional

You can double this to make it for a large crowd.

In a large pot saute garlic and onion, add your sausage.I like to use this ..good flavoring for the dish.simmer and add red wine to deglaze the pan.add your sauce and water,simmer for about 45 minutes..add the beans and simmer for another 10 min..take the pot off the heat and add your cooked pasta.Stir together.Let it stand for about one hour..serve warm with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.Serve it with good Italian Bread..hard and crusty and a nice old school Italian salad..lettuce,cucumber,red onion and tomato..mix with olive oil and balsamic vinegar,salt and pepper..mix it with your hands..You will sing on top of your lungs after you taste this dish.

Buon Appetito!!
With love,Teresa,my correct spelling for you Mom