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Episode #01 - Spaghetti With Red Sauce & Appetizers (1 Of 2) - Italian Cooking

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Fresh & Traditional Tuscan recipes.
Ingredients
  Red onions 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), chop
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon (Leveled)
  Pelati tomatoes 16 Ounce (For the Red Sauce)
  Fresh basil 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (For the Red Sauce)
  Red pepper 1 Medium, chop (For the Red Sauce)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (For the Red Sauce)
  Cracked black pepper 1 Teaspoon (For the Red Sauce)
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), grated (For Topping)
  Water 500 Milliliter (For the pasta)
  Coarse salt 2 Tablespoon (For the pasta)
  Spaghetti 12 Ounce (For the pasta)
  Prosciutto 1⁄2 Pound (For the Prosciutto rolls with Arugula)
  Arugula leaves 1 Bunch (100 gm) (For the Prosciutto rolls with Arugula)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a mixing jar pour the can of pelati and with the hand blender process the entire pelati to a puree consistency.
2. In a pot boil water with coarse salt and cook the spaghetti pasta for 12 minute. Drain and keep warm

MAKING
3. On the chopping board slice the onion while you heat a pan with olive oil. Add and sauté the onions until light brown.
4. Once the onions are done pour the pelati puree in the pan and add salt, pepper and red pepper, and lower the flame to medium. The cooking time is about 15 minutes for the sauce.
5. In the meantime wash the fresh basil and set aside. A few minutes before taking your sauce of the fire, put in the pan half of the basil.
6. Cook for few minute and then mix the cooked pasta in the sauce and mix it well for few minute and then turn off the flame.

SERVING
7. Pile the spaghetti in red sauce onto dinner plates and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese, fresh basil and drizzle of olive oil.

MAKING OF APPETIZER
Prosciutto rolls with arugula
1. Cut off most of the fat from your prosciutto.
2. Lay one slice at the time on a cutting board, put a 4 arugula leaves on the top of it

SERVING
3. Serve it along with the spaghetti pasta.

TIPS
Cutting of prosciutto and storing in the Tuscan way.
Slices must be thin, you should be able to keep a slice between your fingers, without it braking up in pieces.
Paper should be put between the slices when packing
It is a good rule to cut off most of the fat off the prosciutto before slicing it.

NOTES
Pelati means whole peeled tomatoes.
Arugula is a leafy green plant in the mustard family. Its spicy leaves can be eaten raw or cooked

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Simmering
Interest: 
Easy
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
2

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