Ricotta Stuffed Shells & Sunday Sauce
Fore my Step-by-Step Recipe, see Page #72 In my cookbook “Gifts of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia; Harvest”
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Every Sunday as I strain the pasta, and laddel the Sunday Sugu and meatballs into serving bowls for the family, I think back to my childhood Sunday dinners at my grandparents homes, and can hear the broken Sicilian/English voices of my grandfathers’ saying “Mangia e fatti grossa” ~ “Eat and get fat.” Everyone in the family knew it was safe to dig in and eat after hearing those words!
Christmas eight years ago, an elf dressed in traditional elf attire, holding a red velvet pocketbook, knocked at our backdoor with special delivery from Santa for a little girl named Amanda. After the screaming and yelling caused by the excitement of seeing an elf standing at the back door subsided, my stunned and in shock daughter raised her hand replying in her sweet raspy voice, “my name is Amanda.” The elf bent down eye level to Amanda carefully handed the red velvet bag to her. the elf explained that Mr. and Mrs. Claus wanted her to receive this very special Christmas gift one week early. Peeking out from the open end of the bag was a fluffy snow white fur ball with a little button nose. The look on our little girl’s face was priceless and that very moment is one our friends and family visiting that night will never forget. The elf quickly vanished into the dark of the night and from that point on our family life was forever changed. A note from Santa was attached to the bag explaining that Mrs. Claus had chosen to name this adorable snowball “Coconut.” Two hours later in the thick of celebrating my husbands birthday, Amanda tapped me on the shoulder and asked me, “Mommy where did this dog come from and who does it belong to?” It was at that moment we all realized that she truly was in shock and had no recollection of the elf knocking at the back door….A priceless Christmas story and moment in time my husband, family, friends, and I will never forget!
Coconut loves her Sunday Pasta…
Every Sunday for the past eight years Coconut waits patiently by my stovetop for her Sunday Pasta Sugu Dinner! Mr. and Mrs. Claus must have know she had some Sicilian blood running through her veins. Let the Holiday season begin, and lets all welcome the new memories into our lives.
Santa must have known she had some Sicilian blood running through her body when he sent her to join our family, because she licks her lips and bowl clean every week!
Sunday Sauce and Meatball recipe is featured in my newly released cookbook “Gifts Of Gold In A Sicilian Kitchen With Sista Felicia, Harvest” Click link below to order online
Sunday Dinner didn’t hit the table this week until 8:30 PM, because my husband Barry and I spent most of Sunday; painting, cleaning chandeliers, and preparing the house for winter and the holiday season. We were so enthralled in our projects, that we completly lost track of the time. With a growling belly, I scanned the pantry and refrigerator, and pulled items I had on hand to create this recipe. The combination of flavors were amazing! My creation of Pasta with grilled chicken, oven-dried tomatoes and Roman Artichoke was not only a whimsical creation, but a quick and easy meal to prepare, that was hardy enough to satisfy my starving husband.
Pasta with Grilled Chicken, Oven-Dried Tomatoes and Roman Artichokes
1 lb. Dried pasta
1/4 Cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground papper
5 Chicken Tenders
1 1/2 Cups sliced mushrooms
3 Large Roman Artichokes roughly chopped (approximately 1 1/2 cups)
10 Oven-Dried Tomatoes (recipe in my cookbook “Gifts Of Gold” pg. 62)
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 Cups chicken broth
1/2 cup white wine( I used Sauvignon blanc)
2 tablespoons unsalted capers
1 tablespoon salted butter
8 basil leafs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Season chicken tenders with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and freshly ground pepper; grill cooking thoroughly; reserve
2 Bring large pan water to a rolling boil; add 1 tablespoon kosher salt; return to boil; add dried pasta; cook al dente 7-11 minutes
3 In large frying pan heat olive oil; add mushrooms, artichokes oven-dried tomatoes and garlic to pan; sauté 3-4 minutes on over high heat; stir often
5 Add chicken broth and wine; stir; cook 5 minutes
6 Add 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, capers, and butter; lower heat; cook 2 minutes stirring until butter is completely melted
7 Roughly chop basil
8 Strain pasta; arrange in serving bowl
9 carefully arrange white wine sauce over the pasta; top with fresh basil and grated cheese; serve immediately
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Pasta with Baby Clams
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup sweet onion diced
5 large garlic cloves minced
9.5 ounce whole baby clams in their own juice
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes in tomato juices
28 oz can San Marzano Peeled Tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes with their juices
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup basil roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
Step by Step
1 Heat olive oil in large frying pan over high heat; add garlic, onions, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper; saute 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent
2 Puree San Marzano tomatoes; add to frying pan; mix well
3 Add diced tomatoes, whole baby clams and their juices; mix well; add red pepper flakes ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper and white wine; cook 20 minutes; stir often
6 Add basil and parsley to sauce; mix well
7 Plate pasta in serving bowl; ladle hot sauce over pasta; top with Parmesan cheese