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If you're after a dish full of authenticity and Italian flare then this one is spot on for you. This recipe for 'Zite Tagliate alla Calabrese' (sounds very Italian I know) comes courtesy of Rebecca Milford and Massimo Grippa who runs the Valentina restaurants, and who could you trust more than an Italian chef cooking Italian food?
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Zite Tagliate alla Calabrese (Classic Rustic Pasta Dish)
This recipe comes from Massimo Grippa, executive chef at Valentina Fine Food Italian Restaurants, and genius behind the Cappella Romana – a feast of tagliatelle, meatballs and mozzarella baked inside ham. In this slightly simpler recipe, he tells you how to make a simple yet impressive Italian classic. Going with the current rise of those with gluten intolerances, we've swapped out the regular pasta for a fresh, gluten free option from Evexia Thrive - a little healthier, and just as delicious.
- 200g of Evexia Thriv Penne Pasta
- 50ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 large sticks Celery, finely chopped
- ½ onion, finely chopped
- 1 piece of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 chilli finely chopped
- 30g fresh rosemary
- 200g diced pancetta
- 600g Italian tomato sauce or passata
- Parmesan, basil and black pepper to garnish.
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the chopped celery, garlic, onion, chilli, rosemary and pancetta. Fry for about 10/15 minutes, until nicely browned but not burnt.
2. Add the 600g of passata, and then add the fresh pasta. Cook together for ten minutes, or until the pasta is softened.
3. When is all ready to go grate a small chunk of parmesan on top, drizzle with a bit of oil and add torn basil and black pepper.