Monday, August 31, 2009

Cavatappi Amatriciana ala Carraba's

As the previous post said, we tried out a recipe I found from Recipe Zaar for a pasta I like from Carraba's. It is a side dish there and is one of the main things I crave from them.

While it is a side dish, tonight it was our main dish. And what a dish it was - it was delicious and very filling. I thought since it was so easy, I'd share our version. We didn't follow the linked recipe above exactly so here's our version:

- Cook Cavatappi pasta (boil)
- cook diced panchetta in a small skillet, set on napkin to de-grease aside
- in pan, heat EVOO. As soon as it is heated, add 1 cup onions (chopped), 1 teaspoon, and 3 cloves garlic (minced). Heat until onions are translucent. Add 1 larger can diced or crushed tomatoes (with juice). Let heat. Taste and add salt/pepper as desired. Add panchetta in, wait about a minute, stir in a decent amount of shredded cheese (we used Romano) and the pasta.

We used 1 tablespoon of the red pepper flakes instead of 1 teaspoon... I thought it would be a good idea but it was way too hot. Still tasty, just so hot I had to drink milk. The red pepper flakes are where it is at though, as they give the flavor I love. This recipe was so close to the Carraba's one - the taste was very similar. Plus, most people have everything but the panchetta in their kitchen already (you can use any type of pasta) so it is a cheap and easy meal!

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