It’s fun looking through my Marcella Hazan cookbook and finding new simple recipes to make that taste good. This one has vegetables built in, and because they are chopped rather than diced, they remain fresh tasting in the sauce. The pancetta adds a bit of flavor and meat to the dish, if you or your family members (ahem, K) require that in a meal. If not, you can make the same dish without the pancetta. This dish is also toddler-friendly with the fun pasta shapes and easy to chew vegetables.
If you’ve been following along this week, I have been showing a whole bunch of Italian recipes. Today’s is the fanciest, but I had a lot of fun putting it together. I have made ravioli and tortellini before, but this was my best effort yet. I learned so much this time, and some of the ravioli are better than others, but next time will probably be even better. I made my basic egg pasta, but did 1.5 times the recipe, so 3 eggs with 1.5 cups flour to start. I just barely had enough to make all of the ravioli. But, I also had a lot of filling to use! If you roll out the pasta thin enough, you should be fine (I didn’t go thin enough at the start). Additionally, I have had trouble putting too much filling in them in the past. This time I overcompensated initially, so I later began stuffing them more. It worked just fine!
This recipe looks like any other in its cookbook. Some Italian ingredients and it makes a sauce. I did not realize how good it was supposed to be until I read about it online. It is unusual because not only do you not have to chop the onion, you also use butter instead of olive oil. You get a super sweet sauce with lots of fresh tomato flavor (and yes, you use canned tomatoes!). This is not the quickest sauce, but generally you are making other dishes with spaghetti sauce, so this could simmer while you cook the pasta, and then you can toss it together. It is ready in under an hour, and it is my new favorite sauce. I added oregano and pepper because I like a little more kick in my sauce. You could also add some red pepper flakes. It does not need garlic, so I would not recommend it. For the tomatoes, I really think the San Marzano are best. I have tried it with regular tomatoes, but they just weren’t as good.