December 01, 2010

Sugo di Pomodoro 1 & Turnip Greens

Sugo di Pomodoro 1 & Turnip Greens

Tomato Sauce 1
Tomato Sauce before Food Mill
Food Mill
Tomato Sauce 1
Turnip Greens

Sauce

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The Concise Gastronomy of Italy by Anna Del Conte

"A rich tomato sauce, which I like to use for dressing a bowl of penne, or to add to some polpette, leftover boiled meat or poached chicken." – Anna Del Conte

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I was thinking the exact same thing, dressing a bowl of penne.

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Sugo di Pomodoro 1 or Tomato Sauce 1.

I say sugo di pomodoro and the word, pomodoro, gets caught up around my tongue. I repeat, sugo di pomodoro. I massage my jaw and struggle to take the tension from my shoulders. And I sit up straight.

But then, I hunch. I hunch, and I type, and I recall with such depth and accuracy the layers of flavor in this simple sauce.

The cream from the butter.

The subtle notes from the red wine.

The sweetness from the tomatoes and sugar. The savory from the onion and celery. And finally the umph that comes from a little tomato paste. UMmmmph.

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And yes, there is a Sugo di Pomodoro 2.

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Greens

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In her own way, she told me to cook the hell out of the turnip greens. They're really bitter (well, not that bitter).

"Here, taste." She said, handing me a fork.

"They're bitter, but they're really good." I said.

11 comments:

  1. I lvoe the way you describe getting your jaw round those Italian words - I feel just the same. This book has been on my list for sooo long. Tonight we have -17°C and I think I need penne.

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  2. Sugo di pomodoro. It has such a nice ring to it.
    Your photos of this wonderful sauce have a beautiful color.I crave this sauce Tracy!

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  3. Oh how I LOVE the richness of these colors. Mmm, so healthy yet so decadent at the same time. :-)

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  4. Mmm, those greens look especially YUM. Sugo di Pomodoro, yes, I like the way the sound feels too. You have such good taste.

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  5. Such beautiful photos, as usual. I love how rich and smooth that sauce looks!

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  6. beautiful Sugo di pomodoro---like velvet red---I would love that dressed on my penne right now!

    the greens are bitterly delicious--that's their nature!

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  7. Can I just say: You make that sauce look and sound extremely sexy.

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  8. I adore Anna del Conte. Almost as much as turnip greens. Mmmm...

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