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Tasty Penne Made With Figs

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Check out Francine Segan, author of The Opera Lover's Cookbook, show us her recipe for fig and prosciutto penne as part of the DishandDine Cookbook Author Video Series! Y
  Unsalted butter 1⁄4 Pound (1 Stick)
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Red onion 1
  White wine 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Dried figs 12 Ounce, thinly sliced (Calimyrna Figs, 16 To 18 Pieces)
  Vegetable stock 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Penne 1 Pound
  Prosciutto di parma 1⁄4 Pound, sliced paper thin
  Shaved parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Whole peppercorns 1 Tablespoon (Pink)

1) Heat the butter and oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat until the butter melts. Sauté the onion until translucent, about 3 minutes.
2) Add the wine and figs and simmer until the wine is absorbed and the figs soft, about 8 minutes. 3) Stir in the stock and pink peppercorns and simmer, covered, for about 7 minutes.
4) Remove from heat and let rest, covered, while you prepare the penne.
5) Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain and toss with the fig sauce.

6) Serve the penne topped with Parmesan, prosciutto, and a sprinkle of peppercorns.

7) You’ll notice that the recipe does not have the usual tag line, “Season to taste with salt and pepper. ” That’s because the dish gets enough salt from the Parmesan and enough heat from the pink peppercorns. Tomatoes, a New World food, were not introduced into Europe until after Columbus. At first they were thought to be poisonous and used only as decorative plants. Later tomatoes were made into a sauce for roast meats, but not eaten with pasta until the 1800s. During the Renaissance, pasta was served with sweet sauces like this unforgettable blend of figs and prosciutto, two ingredients from Verdi’s beloved Parma region of Italy.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Penne is a very popular Italian dish. And when it is made with figs, the taste will be awesome.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 4299 Calories from Fat 1468

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 165 g253.5%

Saturated Fat 75.7 g378.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 398.7 mg132.9%

Sodium 4449.6 mg185.4%

Total Carbohydrates 575 g191.5%

Dietary Fiber 70.2 g280.7%

Sugars 191.5 g

Protein 126 g251.4%

Vitamin A 262.9% Vitamin C 47.1%

Calcium 147.9% Iron 89.6%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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