Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A peek behind the Cooking Curtain

I love to cook, everyone that reads this little blog knows that. And I search the web all the time for recipes.
Recipezaar is one place where I get alot of good ideas. There are thousands of recipes there, including ones that you can cook camping, not that I am going to go camping anytime soon. Also, Dragon's Kitchen is great for some original recipes, including her famous Sausage and Potato Gnocchi.

I also wander over to Bleeding Espresso on Wednesdays. She is an American living in Italy and while I often have to convert her recipes from the metric system so I can make them, they are always so freaking tasty. I figured I would share what we will be enjoying tonight, so you will know what I am doing at 7 pm. I am hoping Sognatrice does not mind that I am sharing, but it is also getting her recipes more notice, which is a good thing, no?

Pasta all'Amatriciana

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 garlic clove, diced
100 grams pancetta arrotolata,
unrolled and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
1 can peeled tomatoes
500 grams penne pasta
water and salt to boil pasta
grated pecorino romano cheese to garnish

First put on the water to boil for the pasta, and then chop all your ingredients as described above.

Put olive oil in skillet and heat on medium. Add pancetta, and let cook for about five minutes, until the pancetta renders its fat. I know, yum, right?

Then add the onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and parsley and let cook for another minute or so.

At this point, your water should be boiling, and you can add salt and the pasta to the water (or do this whenever your water *is* boiling after this point).

Now add the tomatoes to the skillet. You can run them through a grinder or roughly chop them first depending on how you like them. You can also add some of the pasta water to thin out the sauce a bit; I usually use about 1/4 cup.

Let the sauce simmer for about 1o minutes or until the tomatoes taste done to you. You can add salt, but do so sparingly because the pancetta is salty and you've also added salted pasta water.

When the pasta is just short of al dente, remove, strain, and combine well with the completely cooked sauce, still over medium heat.

Once the pasta has absorbed some of the sauce and become fully al dente, remove and serve immediately. Garnish with grated pecorino romano cheese.

A note: Don't worry if your timing isn't exact the first time you make this--it'll get easier the more you make it, which is only more incentive to keep pancetta in your fridge.

11 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

sounds so good!

smiles, bee

MissMargo said...

You're so lucky to live in a city w/a large Italian population. Pancetta is a little hard to come by in these parts!

pissed off patricia said...

I'm gonna need your address if I'm coming to dinner tonight. I am invited, right? Maybe my invite got lost in the mail, but I'm available just the same. What time?

Matt-Man said...

Yum-OH!! Cheers!!

Starrlight said...

So you will be mailing out care packages,right?

Kidlet and I are doing Vietnamese Pho tonight. Deelish!

sognatrice said...

'Tis a privilege to make an appearance here! I hope you enjoy it.

And really, I don't use metric *all* that often, do I? Well, with meats I guess b/c that's just how they sell them...but not with baking...do you like to bake?

What a coincidence!

Come over today for a great recipe for Ricotta Pound Cake and you can even enter a drawing to win a copy of Dolce Italiano, the new Italian dessert cookbook by Gina DePalma.

Ah, and buon appetito!

sognatrice said...

A personalized signed copy of the book, that is.

See now I have you, don't I?

Bond said...

Excellent recipe...I have done things similar to this in the past, but might just have to try her's ...

FRIGGA said...

Cheese Gnucci is my alltime favorite meal. But it has to be made right. :-0...

Wylie Kinson said...

This looks DELISH. I must give it a try this weekend.

the108 said...

YUMMMMM!