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I love a good bolognese, but sometimes I just don’t have time on a weeknight to invest in making it. That’s where this kind of pasta sauce comes in. It cooks in the time it takes to boil a big pot of water, and it uses enough veal to flavor the sauce but not enough to make it really heavy. The cherry tomatoes have a natural sweetness and don’t need to cook down too much. It’s the perfect indulgence for a weeknight treat.

Weeknight Veal Ragu

1/2 pound ground veal

1/2 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons oregano, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 can San Marzano cherry tomatoes (or other San Marzanos if you can’t find the cherry tomatoes)

1/2 cup white wine

1/4  cup grated parmesan

1/2 box or pound of long pasta (spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, etc)

Cook your pasta in salted boiling water a minute less than the package instructions. Meanwhile, brown the veal in a wide saute pan. (Using a wide pan will help the sauce cook quickly because it maximizes the amount of sauce in contact with the pan).

Add the onion once it has developed a nice browned color. Let the onion sweat down with a little salt to season. Add the oregano and garlic and stir through. Add the tomato paste and allow it to rust for a few minutes. Add the wine and tomatoes and cook down for 5 minutes. Once the sauce has reduced a little and thickened, add the cooked pasta with a splash of the pasta cooking water. Stir to cook together for the last minute and add the cheese.

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I finally got around to trying out the new pasta machine a couple weeks ago when we had some great friends over. It’s a bit of a project to make fresh pasta, but it’s worth it. Plus, you can add in anything you want flavor-wise, although I generally just make plain pasta because I like it best. Next time though, I might try spinach pasta. Or lemon pasta. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

Fresh Fettuccine

3- 3 1/2 cups flour (start with 3 and add flour to the right consistency)

4 eggs

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

Mound the flour on your board and create a well in the center. Add the rest of the ingredients to the well and start to stir with a fork from the inside out, gradually adding flour from the rim. Once you start to break down the rim, change to kneading with you hands. It will come together in a ball, and you want to knead for about 5 minutes. Let it rest in some plastic wrap for at least 15 minutes. Cut off pieces of dough to run through the pasta roller until it reaches your desired thickness. Fold the sheets and cut into your desired pasta size, for fettuccine it’s about 1/2″ thick. Flour well and set aside in 1 layer if possible.

Lemon Chicken and Fresh Fettuccine

Fresh Fettuccine (above)

4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces

1/2 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup white wine

1 teaspoon dried oregano

zest and juice from 1 large lemon or 1 1/2 smaller lemons

Parmesan cheese

Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and the oregano. Saute in some extra virgin olive oil until they brown. Remove to a plate. Add the onion and garlic and soften. Add the wine and lemon juice and reduce a bit. Add the chicken back into the pan and stir to combine.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, until it starts to float and becomes al dente. Remove to the saucepan with a little bit of the pasta cooking water. Combine and add the lemon zest, a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and some grated parmesan cheese. Plate and add more parmesan cheese on top.

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Pictures are always a little more difficult on the road, but I tried my best given the lighting….here are the cooking adventures. Puglia is the home of burrata, so of course I had to make some burrata and tomato crostini. I also did some mozzarella and tomato crostini because these little bocconcini were so delicious. Both had local olive oil and salt on top, and they were absolutely amazing.

I saw some really beautiful zucchini with the blossoms still attached at the little supermarket, so I combined those with some fresh langoustines from the fish guy and some onion and fettuccine.

And of course, Puglia is known for orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe. So I had to have some while there, along with some artichokes (which were not a great success because I couldn’t get them to cook through after being on the stove for an hour and a half!). For the orecchiette recipe, stay tuned because I have my official version later this week!

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Most people here think fettuccine alfredo is a creamy, heavy sauce because that’s what you get in Little Italy. Fettuccine alfredo is actually a much lighter dish and doesn’t have any cream at all. It’s so easy, you could actually get it on the table in under 10 minutes. You really do need to use the full amount of butter and cheese though, because that’s the whole sauce. This is Italian comfort food because it’s one of the first pastas children have. Highly recommended.

Fettuccine Alfredo

1 package fettuccine

1 cup grated parmesan

4 tablespoons butter, diced

Cook the pasta in heavily salted water. I usually tell you to cook it one minute less than the package instructions and finish it in the sauce, but in this case you will be saucing it in a bowl, so you cook it the whole time. In a bowl, combine the butter and parmesan. Once the pasta is done cooking, add it along with a little of the pasta water to the bowl and toss. The butter and parmesan will melt  and combine with the pasta water to create your sauce. Season with a little freshly ground pepper and perhaps some basil. Pasta in less than 10 minutes.

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