Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tempt My Tummy Italian

I few months ago I ate at Carabba's and ordered this as my side (to Chicken Marsala, of course). When I was eating it with the meal I didn't notice how good it was because it was unfairly competing with the Marsala. When I had it's leftovers I realized this is good, good, good. So I found a copy cat recipe. It's pretty easy to make and very tasty. AND it's spicy...so I don't have to share with anyone else in the house :) but I would if they asked! It's kind of like me getting a veggie pizza, I would share but I don't think I'll have to!

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces pancetta-sliced 1/4-inch thick, then cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 (35-ounce) can whole peeled Italian tomatoes with their juices, crushed by hand - I used 2 15 ounce cans of already diced
Pinch of sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup Romano cheese**

In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Sauté the diced pancetta with the garlic and crushed red pepper over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the canned tomatoes with their juices. Stir in the sugar and, season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Simmer the sauce over low heat, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and is reduced to 3 cups, about 30 minutes. Add the cheese right before serving.

Serve on some kind of funky past so that it holds the sauce....not angel hair, spaghetti, linguine.

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  1. This looks like a great sauce. I'm going to give it a try,maybe give my own a rest for a while. :) I was glad to read your profile, we have all the same interests! And... it's my mom's fault too, God bless her!

  2. I like the new look of your blog. It looks great. This sauce looks great.

  3. Yummy. Yummy. Yummy : ). I love when I stumble upon something great like that. Hope your the rest of your week is happy.

  4. This sounds great and I would probably triple the amount of red pepper b/c we love spicy so much! Thanks for coming by. Where in FL do you live? I am in Central FL and am going to do a meet and greet soon. Come back to see about it.

  5. not really related to anything i just wanted to let you know i really like the header for your blog. it is gorgeous and original (well at least I haven't seen it).