Feb 18, 2019
Have you ever thumbed through a cookbook only to roll your eyes and wonder, who has the time? And who has all these ingredients laying around? Italian food expert and cookbook author Francesca Montillo joins us for a conversation about her new cookbook. For anyone who loves cooking Italian food but doesn’t have the time or the inclination to concoct elaborate meals, The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook takes authentic regional Italian recipes and ever-so-slightly simplifies them to make them accessible to busy cooks.
We chat with Francesca about the differences between northern and southern Italian cuisine, why Italian food is so universally loved, what key ingredients and tools you need in your kitchen, what Americans get wrong about Italian cooking, and when to let yourself bend the rules a little.
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** NORCINA-STYLE PASTA**
Excerpt from The 5-Ingredient Italian Cookbook by Francesca Montillo.
Copied here with permission.
Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 6 pork sausages with casings removed, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 3/4 cup heavy cream, 3/4 pound pasta like rigatoni or ziti or penne, 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
1) In a large sauté pan over medium heat, combine the oil, garlic and sausage. With a wooden spoon, crumble the sausage until it resembles ground meat. Add the wine and cook for about 10 minutes.
2) Add the cream, reduce heat to low, and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes less than directed on the package. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
3) Add the pasta to the sauce, stirring well to coat the pasta. Continue cooking until the pasta is fully cooked and all the flavors are well incorporated. Add a few tablespoons of pasta water if a thinner sauce is desired.
4) Remove from the heat and add the cheese, stirring well to incorporate. Serve immediately.
Substitution: While pork sausages are traditionally used, you can substitute chicken ones for a milder flavor.
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