Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spaghetti con salsa di Pomodorie e Mele

 Occasionally, straying from the New England Recipes, I find some delicious recipes, such as the Spaghetti with Tomato Apple Sauce. 

This is a nice dish for a hot summer evening. The recipe is from Lidia's Italy.
Sunday's lunch/dinner was inspired by the TV show episode.
Lidia made Spaghetti with Tomatoes and Apples.  It is fabulous and I really like the celery
tomato, onion and apple combination.
It's made with canned tomatoes, of course you can use fresh tomatoes if you have them.
I used the thin spaghetti.

"3 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound apples, tart and firm, such as Granny smith
1 pound spaghetti
1 cup Grana Padano, freshly grated, plus more for passing."

Pour the canned tomatoes into the food processor or blender, and purée until smooth.

Pour 4 tablespoons of the olive oil into the skillet, set it over medium heat, and strew the chopped celery and onion in the pan. Cook and stir the vegetables for about 5 minutes, until they wilt and start to caramelize.

Stir in the puréed tomatoes, season with the salt, and heat to a bubbling simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or so. As the tomatoes perk, peel and core the apples, and remove the seeds. Shred them, using the coarse holes of the shredder or grater.

When the tomatoes have cooked about 5 minutes, stir the apples into the sauce. Heat again to a simmer, and cook the sauce, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, stirring now and then, until it has reduced and thickened and the apple shreds are cooked and tender.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil, drop in the spaghetti, and cook it until barely al dente. Lift the spaghetti from the water, let drain for a moment, and drop it into the warm sauce. (Reheat, if necessary.)

Toss pasta with sauce for a minute or two, until all the strands are coated and perfectly al dente. Turn off the heat, sprinkle the grated cheese over the pasta, and toss well. Drizzle over it the remaining olive oil, toss once again, and heap the pasta in warm bowls. Serve immediately, passing more cheese at the table."

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