Cuisine - Italian
From the Sabine town of Amatrice comes this simple but great pasta
sauce. Traditionally, it is served over bucatini, a spaghetti-like pasta
that has a hole in it, like a straw. It is then sprinkled with grated
pecorino romano cheese.
This is a very basic sauce that can be easily changed to create a variety of different pasta dishes. For example, substitute feta cheese for the mozzarella, oregano for the basil, add some kalamata olives and chopped capers and you have Greek pasta. This dish can be served hot or at room temperature making it great for summer entertaining.
“Running with the devil” is my rough translation of salsa fra diavolo, a
pasta sauce redolent with fresh herbs. It can be spread over crusty
bread, sprinkled with cheese, and baked. If cooked until quite thick, it
makes a great pizza sauce, too.
Puttanesca, or the prostitute's pasta, was so named because it's so quick and easy to make that working ladies could prepare it between clients. This is a favorite summer entree of mine because it takes advantage of fresh vine-ripened tomatoes.
This stuff freezes well, it’s hearty, and you can adjust the heat level easily up or down, simply by adding more or less fresh habanero chile. The baseline heat level of the sausage is only warm, so if you want a real kick, add at least half a habanero to the pot. This features Mulay’s Killer Hot Italian Sausage, but you can use your favorite spicy Italian sausage.
This is a fun dish to prepare and to watch. This dish is good to make when you have your friends over for dinner.
This is a great dish for vegetarians! Just make sure that you use vegetable broth, not chicken or beef stock.
In Italian, this chicken is called pollo alla diavolo because of the addition of crushed red peperoncini chiles, the same kind that is sprinkled on pizzas to liven them up. Traditionally the chickens are split before grilling, but you can use a rotisserie if you wish–it just takes longer to cook. Adding rosemary branches to the fire makes a very aromatic smoke.
This is a typical Calabrian dish, but it is also a favorite in some Puglian villages. In Italy, and maybe in some Italian specialty stores in the U.S., the wild onions can be found in jars in oil. They have a very distinctive taste, like (unedible) daffodils, which are botanically a close relative. Most likely though you will have to use scallions.