Cavatappi Pasta with Tomato Sauce
Cavatappi & Tomato Sauce
Lesson 5 - Cooking School for Real Housewives
Learning to Cook
This week I will be teaching the housewives how to make my special pasta dish that everyone loves! It is a perfect dish any time of year but best in summer when the vegetables are in season. This is a meal that can be tossed together in less than a half hour.
The appetizer from lesson 4 is a perfect accompaniment to this meal. Add a quick green salad and your golden.
I use this recipe when it's too hot to cook or if I have plans in the evening. It's a fast easy one dish meal that has little clean up.
Housewives, you should have had plenty of time to practice your knife skills (besides stabbing each other in the backs). It looks as if there are many ingredients to work with but it's a cinch to make if you follow the directions. When you are learning to cook - you just need a little patience. Turn some music on, relax and lets start cooking!
Patience - Guns N' Roses
- 12 oz Cavatappi, (pasta noodles)
- 1 Onion, small to medium
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2/3 Cup White Wine
- 28 oz can Tomatoes, Whole & peeled
- 3 oz Prosciutto Ham
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
- 1/2 cup Romano Cheese, freshly grated
Instructions for Cooking Pasta & Sauce
- Cook pasta noodles while you make the sauce according to the box directions for "al dente".
- Saute onions, garlic and pepper flakes in the olive oil in the pan until the onions are translucent. (about 5 minutes over medium heat)
- Add white wine and reduce the sauce. (it should take about 10 minutes depending on how high the heat is)
- When most of the alochol evaporates add tomatoes and cook until the sauce is reduced breaking up the tomatoes and stirring occasionally.
- Chop the prosciutto ham and toss it in for the last minute of cooking.
- Add sauce to the noodles, cheeses and mix together until the sauce is well blended. Enjoy!
Finish the sauce.
- salt the water after it comes to a full boil
- "al dente" means literally "to the tooth" - it should tested and is done when it is tender yet firm to the tooth
- the better quality pasta used the less it will stick
- cream sauces are better for flat noodles
- tomato sauces cling better to round noodles
- there are more than 600 shapes of pasta
- "a watched pot never boils" ~ unknown origin but true!
- if you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling noodles - it won't boil over
- if you want to serve pasta hot - rinse it in hot water
- if you want to serve pasta cold - rince it in cold water
Translucent vs. Uncooked Onion
"Patience is passion tamed." ~Lyman Abbott
When I was learning to cook, one of the hardest things about it was understanding the instructions. I didn't have Internet or food network! I remember wondering what a translucent onion should look like. How translucent should it get? Would I be able to see translucent onions? Do I keep cooking them until they disappear? Well how the hell should I know? I couldn't cook! I would find myself staring at my cookbook, cursing it - maybe even pounding on it. I used to really wish Betty would have been a little more detailed for the novice.
I have broken down my instructions with photos so that a 10 year old could cook this dish. Not because I am patronizing anyone - I just know that if you have never been taught how to cook, even simple things can totally destroy a recipe. My photos will help you see what the sauce should look like for each step.
Housewives next week I will show you how to make a very versatile scallopini recipe. It can be used for chicken, veal, beef, pork, turkey or even a duck breast or lamb. I have a few tricks with a browned butter sauce that goes with it but can be used for a number of perfect dishes. This sauce will give you many ideas to experiment with that you can tailor to suit your taste buds!
Cavatappi & Tomato Sauce
Excellent recipes to practice your new skills!
- How to Use Up Extra Tomatoes with Easy Homemade Tomato Pie
Make easy baked tomato pie with those extra tomatoes Cheese, Italian Seasoning, and optional ingredients make this a tasty pie in summer or winter.
- Cheese Tortellini with a Veggie Topping
Fast and easy dish that can be prepared and on the table in less than twenty minutes. Included is a recipe for a tortellini lentil salad. Both recipes include easy to follow instructions.