Posts Tagged “pasta”
I’m not Italian, Fellow FoodBeest, but I did grow up in a predominently Italian neighborhood. My mom took pride in her version of a Bolognese sauce (she would never have called it that), but it was largely a tomato sauce with ground beef. It was also really tasty and often a birthday request dinner, but [...]
There is a distinct difference between Italian food and Italian-American food, Fellow FoodBeest. Italian-American food is as familiar to us as it is delicious. But it’s not quite the same thing as the regional, simple, Slow Food that gets made in Nonna’s kitchen in Italy. And just because we call it “Slow Food” doesn’t mean it takes a lot of time. Take this recipe for Skinner Neapolitan Meatballs. Really. Take it.
When you think of lasagne, Fellow FoodBeest, you probably think of a pretty heavy and solid layered dish that features tomato sauce and probably includes something like ground beef or spinach or eggplant, Parmesan cheese. Me, too. This is not that. This is loose in appearance and, except for the lasagne noodles and mozzarella, breaks the rules. It is, however, very Italian, although I’m pretty sure that in Italy they would use pumpkin instead of the winter squash.
This is a perfectly wonderful summer sauce for fresh pasta or for anything else that loves tomatoes (I used the leftovers in omelets (with a little mozzarella) and on waffled eggplant. The truth was we couldn’t get enough of it.
Why should I take something that is so easy to overeat and turn it into something even better and easier to overeat? I can easily put away a whole pot of pasta all by myself with some butter, salt, pepper and (maybe) a little Parmesan cheese. Well, Fellow FoodBeest, I found out. And now I’m hooked.