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Old 02-25-2012, 08:51 AM   #11
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@ Luca: Rigatoni & Basil


An absolutely awesome combination to say least ... I love Rigatoni ... Very much Basilicata, Calabria and Sicilian ... I love Baked Rigatoni Sicilian style ... and what I like: pecorino fiore sardo combined with the Reggiano Parmesano ... this intensifies the flavor ...

I am translating a Risotto Primavera ... What is your input ? feedback ?

FOR 6:
3 artichokes
4 small plum tomatoes seeded and peeled and chopped
1/2 lemon
5 1/ 2 cups of vegetable stock ( can use mixed or asparagus )
olive oil extra virgin
1 onion chopped finely
*** arborio rice / carnaroli rice ( which do you prefer ? )
1 stalk celery
3 medium potatoes peeled and chopped into cubes
4 ounces handful green beans
4 ounces handful green asparagus
freshly ground pepper
unsalted butter 1/2 stick
2 small baby carrots chopped
fresh spring sweet peas or other green veggie of choice
1 cup freshly grated pecorino fiore sardo or Reggiano Parmesano
swigs of oregano or dried and basil chopped finely

The directions are similar to the Asparagus one in ETHNIC FOODS


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Luca’s Basil Rigatoni – for Kathleen Hi Kathleen, here is you rigatoni recipe, directly from my segret vault. :rolleyes: This recipe is really easy and quick to prepare, but IMHO is very nice! The only problem could be that I use fresh basil leaves, I’ve never tried it with the frozen product. You can change the proportions of grated cheese, or use only both Parmigiano and pecorino but in a different ratio. As always, it’s a matter of taste (and I LOVE pecorino…). Or you can try a different cheese, as you like. [COLOR="Green"]Serves 4 (you can cut the pasta amount, if you like) | SAUCE: 60 g butter | 12 fresh basil leaves | 1 garlic clove, peeled | PASTA: 400 g rigatoni | a handful of coarse salt | SERVING: grated cheese mix: 60 g Parmigiano and 30 g pecorino. [/COLOR] [B]Let’s make this rigatoni [/B]- Start heating a large pot of water for the pasta. - Gently wash basil leaves, dry them then chop them. Peel and chop the garlic clove. Warm the butter in a saucepan over medium heat, and then add the chopped basil and garlic. Reduce to low heat and cook for a few minutes. - When the water reaches a rolling boil, add the coarse salt, wait a couple of minutes and add the rigatoni. Cook the rigatoni (follow the cooking time print on the package, but start tasting them a couple of minutes before the end of the expected cooking time). - Add the rigatoni and half of the grated cheese to the saucepan, over medium heat, stir it well for 2/3 minutes, then turn off the fire: you have to serve the pasta at once. - Using a large spoon put the pasta in four warm plates. Add the rest of grated cheese on top of each dish and serve. Ecco fatto! A red, sparkling wine, as a dry Lambrusco di Sorbara from Emilia Romagna region, could be a good match for this simple pasta recipe. And again, you can substitute it with some Mountain Dew! Buon appetito! :smile: 3 stars 1 reviews
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