Sat. Jan 18th, 2020

Pasta with Etruscan Sauce

I assumed it could be enjoyable to cook dinner some recipes collectively this yr. Recipes which can be new to me, and sure new to you as effectively. I hold an ongoing listing of recipes I need to strive from cookbooks, magazines, web sites, and e-books, and this Pasta with Etruscan Sauce has been on the prime of it for some time. I noticed it whereas watching Vicky Bennison’s Pasta Grannies sequence on You Tube. It was the sauce within the video with nonna Luigina at La Vialla, an Agriturismo close to Arezzo, Italy that acquired me. A fast puree of sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, parsley, and garlic, is tossed with pasta. It is quick, robust, adaptable, and does not disappoint.


The Pasta Grannies video demonstrates the best way to make a hand-crafted pici pasta to serve with the Etruscan sauce. In case you have the time and inclination, by all means make the pici! It is certainly one of my favourite pasta shapes, simple to do even for those who’ve by no means tried making recent pasta earlier than. That stated, I used to be a bit pinched for time after I cooked this and reached for a field of ruffled radiatori pasta as an alternative. The Etruscan sauce acquired splendidly caught up in all of the ridges and curves, and there have been no regrets. If you happen to’re Italian, and upset about my pasta selection, I apologize prematurely. It may not be “proper” but it surely certain was scrumptious.

I’ve watched my approach by a lot of the Pasta Grannies archive ( I really like all of them!), and was fortunate to satisfy the sequence creator, Vicky, when she got here to Los Angeles to advertise the Pasta Grannies cookbook at Now Serving. If you have not seen it but, hold your eyes peeled. I am so impressed by these ladies, and the ebook with its tales, is such a pleasant companion to the video sequence. If you happen to’re extra of an Instagram particular person vs. You Tube, you can even discover Vicky & Pasta Grannies right here. 

Etruscan Sauce

Again to the recipe – the sauce is a tapenade of types, it will get thinned out (a bit) once you add it to the pasta together with a bit with reserved pasta water. The best way the recipe is written beneath, you may have a superb quantity left over, so here is a fast brainstorm of different methods to make use of it.

For starters, this can be a sauce that’s A+ slathered on all issues flat and bread-y or toasted – crostini, flatbreads, pizza, paratha, sandwiches, and so forth. You’ll be able to add a dollop to a bowl of beans, for a fast bean salad. I tossed a spoonful with some sturdy lettuces for a aspect salad at lunch, so good. And you will not be sorry for those who pair it with pan-fried artichokes. Let me know some other concepts you’ve within the feedback.

Let’s Prepare dinner!

I like the thought of taking this website again to its roots – cooking from inspiring recipes and cookbooks, classic & up to date. In order that’s going to be the theme this yr. And, I believe it may be extra enjoyable if we cook dinner recipes collectively! If you find yourself making this pasta within the subsequent week or two, ship a be aware, or tag a photograph or video on Instagram so I will see it (@heidijswanson // #101cookbooks) ! I will regram useful suggestions, photographs, insights, concepts, and riffs we collectively give you. I will additionally posting some video clips in my “highlights” tomorrow, if you wish to see how Pasta with Etruscan Sauce got here collectively for me.

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