25 March, 2008

Italian Cuisine - Popular Pasta

Rome was not build in just a day” a saying have a lot to say for the rich civilization and beautiful culture of Italy. Pasta and pizza are common tags for Italy and popular all around the world. Fashion freak can not forget the high hill Milan city of Italy. The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply The Tower of Pisa have wooed all from its unique slanting posture posed since long history. The Venice Carnival, which is a wild, colorful and enjoyable festival of masks. During school, we all read in History a lot about the Dark Ages and Renaissance. Indeed, the culture and cusine of Italy as rich as its wine.
Beleive it or not,Italy is the home to the largest number of UNESCO Heritage Sites.
And who can forget the greatest scholars in science,Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci made extraordinary achievements scientific revolution and art. There is so much in all sections Architecture, Art, Cinema, Cuisine, Famous Italians, Holidays, Literature, Music, Classical Opera, Sport.. Italy have contributed.
Being a Coffee lover I need to thank Italy for inventing Espresso machine (espresso means "fast" in Italian), which is really a legendary Italian invention !
But one thing that firstly clicks into my mind when I think about Italy is the Pasta. Today we know more than 300 types of pasta and above all pasta is the most popular food in world.
I got amazed when my very nice friend Chef Atanu Nath , when asked to give his favourite dish receipe said "Penne Arabiata" an Italian dish. Chef Atanu is graduate from IHM-Gwalior, and today serves is one of the 5-Star Hotel in New Delhi. And he shared his receipe for Penne Arabiata with us. I tried making at my home and it tastes amazing with sweet tangy flavour of tomatoes sauce served with pasta. It is quick and easy to make. So go through the receipe and enjoy..
Penne Arabiata
1 sl Bacon or 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 lg Onion, chopped coarsely
3 Cloves garlic
1 Serrano chili peppers
(1 to 2) or 1 tsp. oriental hot chili paste, optional
8 oz Italian tomatoes or 1-8 oz can tomato sauce (not paste)

  1. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces. Saute. Add garlic and onion to the bacon (or olive oil if using that) & saute lightly.
  2. Dice the Roma tomatoes (or open the can of sauce) & add to the sauteed onions & garlic.
  3. Also add the hot peppers/sauce at this time.
  4. Turn heat to low. Simmer the tomatoes until the sauce is nicely thickened.
  5. With fresh tomatoes this could take a half hour.
  6. dd salt to taste. Cook the dried pasta in boiling water until done. Drain.
  7. Serve immediately placing a few tablespoons of sauce on top of the pasta.
  8. Add some dried oregano in it before serving!

Serve hot and relish..!

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