I was intrigued by her episode on Sardinia, and then I watched her making a very simple pasta with two of her grandchildren! Lidia explained each step so well, that she made it look so simple--so I decided I was going to make this delicious looking dish. Unfortunately, I don't have any of her cookbooks (which is going to change), and this recipe was not posted on her website. The sausage tomato sauce is very similar to how I make marinara sauce, so that was easy to "wing it" on my own. As for the pasta-- I had to rewind her show (I love DVR), pausing and trying to see the measurements on camera. I ended up guessing at the amount of water she used to make this very simple semolina flour "gnocchi". Let me show you:
Push some of the cooked onion aside, and add a little more olive oil.
The lower right photo shows a saffron thread going into the food processor.
Oh, yum! I could taste some heat from the red pepper flakes...
Freshly grated cheese is a "must".
You can garnish with fresh basil, if you desire to. We did.Our verdict: We loved this! The whole tomato sauce was thinner, but it had great flavor from the fresh basil and red pepper flakes. We liked the subtle heat of the spice. The texture of the pasta was slightly chewy-- like a dumpling. There is a difference with fresh pasta, and I want to learn more! This dish tasted fresh and healthy-- you could reduce the fat by using turkey sausage. This recipe got "five stars" from my husband. He doesn't do that very often. I wonder, is it because he helped make the pasta? He says he loved the flavor of it. It tasted excellent the next day.
I am officially a fan of Lidia Matticchio Bastianich.
I miss being able to post more than 1-2 times a week, and I miss not having as much time to visit my blogger friends-- and discovering new blogs. Thank you, for hanging in there with me. I so appreciate your comments, and I look forward to sharing more recipes from my kitchen.