Spaghetti with Sorrento sauce; pear salad – 10 June 2012

We went to Grocery Outlet about lunchtime, and came across some wines from Brutocao – a Zin and a Cab, both 2008  – and decided to try one of each. D suggested making a pasta tonight to try out the zin with, so I consulted The Top One Hundred Pasta Recipes by Diane Seed, and found this one.

She has a basic tomato sauce that serves as a base for other sauces. I made a batch of that, and used 1/3 of it tonight. I chopped one yellow onion and two cloves of garlic, and cooked them till they were soft in 2 Tbsp of oil. For this particular recipe, it said to use butter, but I forgot, and I was making enough for more than one recipe anyway. Then I put in two 14 oz cans of diced tomatoes – S&W from Costco. These really should be San Marzano tomatoes from southern Italy, but we didn’t have any. So be it. I added 3/4 tsp of salt and a random several grindings of pepper, and 1 tsp of sugar (calls for “1 lump”; the interwebs believe a lump is 2 cubes and a cube is 1/2 tsp). Cooked at a hefty boil, but not on high, for more than the called-for 20 minutes, and then put through our food mill on the largest size of grating wheel. I ended up with 2 1/2 cups of sauce, and used 5/6 cup in this recipe, saving two other batches of the same size for future dinners. To the 1/3 recipe of sauce, I added 3 oz mozzarella, cut into matchsticks, right before draining the pasta, as the recipe said. This was quite a lot. Less mozz would do. It was yummy, though. Also, I think I would wait till the pasta was drained to stir in the mozz. The recipe calls for grating parmaggiano over the top of each serving, but I preferred the sauce without it. It was quite delicious!

D volunteered to make a salad using some of our backyard lettuce (the two plants in the back – the only two that were not eaten by snails). He cut up a red pear, strewed some pecan pieces and celery over the top, and made a dressing from good olive oil and our good bottle of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. He dressed it up with a nasturtium 🙂 It was a delicious salad!

The Brutocao Zin had a somewhat smokey taste. I loved it. I want to run back and get more, which I may do when I am out in that area tomorrow.




{Edited, photos added, and posted the 17th. For the record, we went back on the 16th and bought a few cases of the zin ($9.99) and one of the cab ($6.99).}

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