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Pasta d’Giacomo

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Pasta d’Giacomo
Sun-dried Tomato and Caper Pasta Sauce with Rapini
Sugo con Pomodori Secchi e Capperi con Rapini
by James Belardo

This pasta sauce is inspired by another of our own recipes, Pork Chops with Sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers and named after it’s creator. We feel the flavors of the sun-dried tomatoes and capers complement each other greatly while the rapini adds another dimension.

*NOTE: If you find rapini or broccoli-rabe too bitter, we suggest you try to blanch the rapini before tossing it into the sauce. Use a splash of vinegar with a 1/4 tsp of Baking Soda in the boiling water used for blanching.

Ingredients
1/3 lb pancetta, cut up in small cubes
2-3 quarts fresh and ripe plum tomatoes (or two 28 oz cans) – use San Marzano tomatoes if you can – hand crushed
1 8 oz tomato paste
1 cup white wine (pinot grigio)
2 cups Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or use vegetable stock
1 small onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, diced
3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
1/8 cup capers
1 lemon (freshly squeezed juice)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
2-3 bay leaves
Fresh basil
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
salt and pepper- to taste

Topping
Rapini – Blanched

Additional Topping
Grated Pecorinio Romano Cheese

Directions
1. Prep tomatoes and other ingredients.
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2. In a medium sized dutch oven, heat 2 tbsp olive oil and fry the pancetta.
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3. When pancetta is browned, toss in the onions, garlic and the optional hot pepper flakes.
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4. When the onions begin to show transparency and garlic softens, toss in the sun-dried tomatoes.
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5. Let cook for a few minutes before adding the capers and the white wine. Allow to come to a boil, lower heat a bit and let simmer.

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6. After allowing it to simmer for 5 minutes, add the chicken stock (1 cup at a time, allowing it to return to simmer) and bay leaves.
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7. Once add the hand crushed plum tomatoes and let come to a boil
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8. add the tomato paste and let cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently
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9. While cooking add the fresh basil along with some salt and pepper.
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10. Add the fresh lemon juice
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11. While letting the ‘sauce’ cook you can prepare the rapini.
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12. Make the pasta, toss a ladle or two into the ‘sauce.’ When the pasta is done (al dente), drain and mix a bit of the sauce into the pasta, mix well. Serve pasta with  sauce, rapini and some grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top.
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Enjoy!

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Written by Zio James

April 26, 2018 at 1:21 PM

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