18 May 2010

Simple Summer: 2 Super Easy Spaghetti Sauces



Fresh tomatoes photo by epSos.de @ flickr


From Denny: This chef, Guiliano Hazan, suggests simple dishes of the freshest food for an easy summer meal. Read that as you don't spend a lot of time slaving over a hot stove in the heat of summer. He uses the food processor to create a raw veggie puree as a sauce that is simple and bursting with fresh flavor. He does suggest peeling the tomatoes and the bell pepper and demos how. If you are worried about pestacides - and who isn't? - this might be a good idea. He shows us how easy it is to do and is about the only thing about these recipes that could be found to be somewhat time-consuming.

The second sauce uses fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and yummy mozzarella cheese that you toss into warm pasta and then set aside with plastic wrap over the dish to melt the cheese. What could be easier?

What's good about large bowls of pasta is it provides a casual simple and easy way to entertain without too much heat or effort in the kitchen. This chef's book has over 100 easy pasta recipes that are worth the read! Click on the cookbook title link to go to the review of his new book to find out more about this award winning famous chef.






To check out his book, go here:"Giuliano Hazan’s Thirty Minute Pasta"













Spaghetti all checca

From: Giuliano Hazan, "Giuliano Hazan’s Thirty Minute Pasta"

Makes: 4 servings

From Chef Hazan: I originally discovered this classic, refreshing Neapolitan summer dish at a restaurant called Cambusa in Positano. It is an uncooked sauce where the ingredients are simply scalded with hot oil before being tossed with the pasta. Use tomatoes whose flesh is firm and flavorful. Plum tomatoes are a good fall-back if nothing else seems suitable.


INGREDIENTS

• 2 pounds fresh tomatoes
• 8 ounces fresh whole milk mozzarella
• Salt
• 1 pound spaghetti
• 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 6-8 fresh basil leaves
• 4-5 sprigs fresh oregano
• 3-4 springs fresh thyme
• Freshly ground black pepper


DIRECTIONS

Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.

Peel the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and cut into small 1/4-inch dice. Put the tomatoes in the serving bowl you’ll be serving the pasta in.

Add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling pasta water, put in the spaghetti, and stir until all the strands are submerged. Cook until very al dente (about 30 seconds less than you normally would).

While the pasta is cooking, put the olive oil in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Heat until the oil begins to smoke then remove from the heat.

While the oil is heating, cut the mozzarella into small 1/4-inch dice. Coarsely chop the basil. Chop enough oregano to a medium fine consistency to measure about 4 teaspoons. Finely chop enough thyme to measure about 1 teaspoon. Add the herbs to the bowl with the tomatoes and season well with salt and pepper. When the oil is hot, pour it into the bowl and mix thoroughly.

When the pasta is done, drain well, and toss it with the ingredients in the serving bowl. Add the mozzarella, toss again, then cover the bowl and let stand for about a minute to allow the cheese to melt a bit. Uncover the bowl, toss one last time, and serve at once.






Spaghetti with raw peppers and tomato

From: Giuliano Hazan, "Giuliano Hazan’s Thirty Minute Pasta"

Makes: 4 servings

From Chef Hazan: Saucing pasta with raw sauces is not uncommon and makes for a great refreshing summer dish. Some require a period of maceration but this one is best soon after it is made.


INGREDIENTS

• 1 pound fresh tomatoes
• 1 yellow bell pepper
• 3-4 sprigs flat leaf Italian parsley
• 1 tablespoons whole milk
• Salt
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 pound spaghetti
• 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


DIRECTIONS

Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.

Peel the tomato and remove the seeds. Peel the pepper, core it, remove the seeds, and cut away any white pith inside. Put the parsley leaves, tomato, pepper, milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a light grinding of black pepper in a food processor. Run the processor until you get a smooth puree.

When the water for the pasta is boiling, add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling pasta water, put in the spaghetti, and stir until all the strands are submerged. Cook until very al dente, about 30 seconds before they are done.

Transfer the sauce to the bowl where you will be serving the pasta. Add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil and mix well. When the pasta is done, drain well, toss thoroughly with the sauce, and let stand for about 2 minutes before serving.






To check out his book, go here: "Giuliano Hazan’s Thirty Minute Pasta"


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