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Pasta alla Anna Maria

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Pasta alla Anna Maria
Pasta dedicated to my cousin Annmarie (Cugina Annmarie)
by James Belardo

This recipe is a tribute to my cousin Annmarie, it’s roughly based on the classic Sicilian dish Pasta alla Norma but uses cucuzza instead of eggplant. Cucuzza is a ‘common’ vegetable from Sicily and a favorite with Italian-Americans of Sicilian and Calabrian origins. It has also become a symbol of our humble Italian heritage, This was one of the reasons I have created this to honor my cousin Annmarie. Annmarie was one of the strongest women that I have ever known and a great influence (the women in our family are extremely strong willed). I miss her greatly as does anyone who knew her.

Ingredients
2-3 ;b. Cucuzza* Squash (seeded, peeled and sliced)
3-4 cups peeled fresh and ripe hand crushed tomatoes or 1-2 cans (28 oz.) plum tomatoes (san marzano)
6 oz can tomato paste – optional
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 large onion,  diced
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
1 cup water juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
2-3 bay leaves
2-4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
salt and pepper – to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

* You can substitute zucchini for the cucuzza or use a combination of both

Topping
Ricotta Salata

Pasta (recommended)
Farfalle

Directions
1. Toss the sliced cucuzza with olive oil and grill on the BBQ or in oven, set aside.
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2. Sauté the onions, garlic and optional Peperoncino in about 2-3 tbsp olive oil.
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3. When the onions show signs of transparency and the garlic softens add a cup of white wine.
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4. When it comes to a simmer add the  the hand crushed fresh plum tomatoes or canned tomatoes along with  the bay leaves.
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5. As the sauce begins to simmer add the tomato paste and a cup of water.
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6. Let simmer for about 5-10 minutes, taste and season with salt and pepper.
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7. As the sauce simmers add the cooked cucuzza.
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8. After about 5 minutes of simmering, add the fresh basil and the lemon juice.
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9. Add the grated Pecorino Romano cheese, mix well and let simmer.
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10. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
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Serve with Ricotta Salata sprinkled on top.
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A good complimentary salad would be our Blood Orange and Fennel Salad,

Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

June 15, 2015 at 6:34 PM

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