Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sweet Sicilian Pasta sauce

Serves 4-6
Cooking Time 15-20min.

½ Brown Onion
4 Cloves Garlic
1-28 oz can of whole tomatoes Plus ¼ can full of water
1Tbsp Sugar
½ c Fresh Basil – rough chopped
Pinch of Salt & Pepper
Olive oil

This is what I would call a “Primitive” sauce and it should be chunky. So don’t worry about chopping the onions and garlic into small bits. You can add or subtract the amount of sugar you use. Continue to taste the sauce all the way through the cooking process. Never add the onions and garlic together to sauté as the garlic will burn. Add them after you sauté the onions.

Course chop Onions and Garlic separately. Heat a heavy bottomed sauce pan and coat the bottom with Olive oil. Sauté the onions first until translucent and then add the garlic. And sauté for another minute.

In a bowl pour in the 28oz can of whole tomatoes. And crush the tomatoes with your hands. Then add them with their juice to the onions and garlic. Stir the mixture together. Fill the can ¼ full with water and add that to sauce as well.

Add the pinch of salt and pepper to your taste.

Add the 1-Tbsp sugar and adjust more if needed to your taste. Remember that all canned tomatoes are different and the amount of salt and pepper along with the sugar will be differing from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Let cook for 10-15 minutes enough so the tomatoes start to soften.

Add the ½ cup chopped fresh basil and stir into the sauce. Cook an additional 5 minutes so the ingredients have a chance to mingle with each other. Re-adjust your seasonings.

Serve over the pasta of your choice with lots of grated Romano cheese

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Class - Pasta 101

Hi all, Looking forward to our Pasta 101 class on Saturday October 24th at 3:00pm. Here is the menu of what we will be preparing. We will be learning about the art of "layering" flavors into your cooking.

Spicy Sausage Ragu. - and yes Ragu is a name of an actual sauce and not just a jar of stuff.
Sweet Sicilian Sauce. - Yes, we can be sweet.
No Cream Alfredo? sauce - Like Mom used to make. Ok, maybe not your Mom, but
definitely mine.

Deconstructed Eggplant Parmesan.
We will learn a new way to look at this classic dish.

Garlic Bread. - yup, we will get into the Yin and the Yang of the art of garlic bread.

Romaine leaf Spoon salad. - with fresh pears and Gorgonzola cheese.

Seasonal Fruit tartlet. - with Home made Bourbon caramel sauce.

We will also be tasting a few local wines including the following. And maybe a few other local surprises.

2007 - Hawk Watch Winery
Dry Rose of Syrah.
This wine will make you think twice about a "blush" wine.

2006 - Hawk Watch Winery
San Diego County - Synthesis
This is a big fat and happy red.

So please come thirsty and hungry.


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