Recipe: RIGATONI ALLA VESUVIANA

This Recipe: RIGATONI ALLA VESUVIANA – With A Name Like This, Direct From Vesuvius, It Can Only Be Hot And Fiery! It Will Warm Up A Winter Evening.

rigatoni alla vesuviana

SERVES 4

350g rigatoni

extra virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

4 tomatoes, diced

2 red chillies, finely chopped

3 tbsp capers, drained

24 whole small black olives

2 tbsp sliced green olives

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp caster sugar

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp chopped parsley

freshly grated Parmesan, to serve

cherry tomatoes on the vine, roasted

1 Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package, retaining some of the cooking liquid.

2 H eat a generous amount of olive oil in a large frying pan over a low heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute, taking care that the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the tomatoes, chillies, capers, olives, salt and sugar and simmer for 3–4 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

3 Add a little pasta cooking liquid to the sauce, then add the cooked, drained pasta. Toss and add the parsley, then sprinkle over the Parmesan. Place the roasted cherry tomatoes on top before serving.

KEEPING IT LOCAL: STIR IN SLICES OF BURREN SMOKEHOUSE HOT SMOKED SALMON FOR A DELICIOUS ADDITION TO THIS DISH.

This recipe was kindly donated by Catherine Fulvio, author of Eat Like an Italian Cookery book

TV chef and award-winning author and proprietor of Ballyknocken House and Cookery School, Catherine Fulvio, shows how to embrace ‘la dolce vita’ in no time, even in rainy UK! Catherine herself has embraced some Italian mantra’s:

Stay slim like an Italian: ‘Stop when you are full’ is a well-known Italian mantra and key to their status as one of the slimmest nations in Europe. Carbs, cheese and glugs of olive oil are all relished– but in moderation!

Work like an Italian: Drop everything for an impromptu trip to the local café with colleagues and never discuss work over lunch!

Shop like an Italian: Italians often shop twice a day for fresh, local produce for lunch and dinner, and use the opportunity to socialise with their neighbours.

Exercise like an Italian: Incorporate your daily exercise into mealtimes. The tradition is to put on your Sunday best and ‘promenade’ around town after a seven-course Sunday lunch.

Catherine is also cookery tutor and proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School in County Wicklow in Ireland and is married to an Italian!. Eat Like An Italian was published on 23 October 2012 in the UK, RRP £19.99 and includes amazing illustrations of well prepared authentic Italian food.

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