Sunday Dinner

3 Sep

Missing everything about Italy, especially friends and food, I decided to try to replicate one of my favorites dishes. In Italy, pasta con ragu is pasta with meat sauce. The dish varies based on the region and the person in the kitchen, but it is usually a combination of meats stewed in tomatoes for hours.

At AD in Cortona, they call this paccheri with braceria sauce. Annalisa the chef says it is what her grandmother served every Sunday in Napoli when she was growing up, as it was an inexpensive means to serve many people. This is my attempt at her recipe.

I assembled my ingredients:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Browned the meat:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Sautéed the onions, then added tomato paste, herbs, and some figs for a slight sweetness:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

United the meat and the onions:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Added the tomatoes, then turned the burner to low and started the slow, slow cooking:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Like Annalisa’s grandmother, I decided to share my Sunday dinner, so I made a few calls, then whipped up some appertivo:

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

And after about eight hours, we were rewarded with this!

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Great food (if I say so myself!), great conversation, great gathering! Felt just like Sunday dinner in Italy…

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Oh, and yes, we did have dessert… sautéed peaches with a dab of gelato and a ginger biscuit.

©Blogginginitaly.com

©Blogginginitaly.com

Ciao,

Judy

 

6 Responses to “Sunday Dinner”

  1. Barbara Kaines September 3, 2014 at 10:52 AM #

    Sounds delicious!!! We are less than 3 weeks away from the peaceful Cortona life. Barbara

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Like

  2. casa.celeste@alice.it September 3, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

    Dear Judy,

    You have had a beautiful idea…we can be so distance  but very near with the good food and good friends….

    Hugs,

    Fernanda e Carlo

    Inviato da Tablet Samsung

    Like

    • blogginginitaly September 3, 2014 at 1:18 PM #

      And thank you for your cena photos! They made me very happy! xo

      Like

  3. Alexis Colianni September 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM #

    Oh my gosh, Juju, this is gorgeous!

    Alexis Colianni amcolianni@gmail.com phone: 630.779.0612

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    Like

    • blogginginitaly September 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM #

      Thanks…especially as it’s not something you would eat! xo

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: