Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy
Mary Ann's newest book contains over 150 recipes, 60 gorgeous food photos, and many scenic pictures of Italy taken by Mary Ann on her travels through the years.
2 stalks celery
4 sprigs parsley
2 tablespoons Filippo Berio olive oil
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 bay leaves
5 tablespoons tomato paste diluted in 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups peas
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup grated Pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons butter cut into bits
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
3 cups milk
Grinding black pepper Grinding nutmeg
1 pound anelletti (small ring shaped pasta)
Oil an 11 1/ 2 x 2 inch deep casserole dish or Dutch oven and coat with 1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs.
Finely mince together the onion, carrot, celery and parsley.
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot and cook the minced vegetables until mixture softens. Add the meats and brown them. Raise the heat to high and add the wine. Let most evaporate off. Add the salt, pepper, bay leaf, cloves, and tomato paste.
Cook uncovered over low heat for 30 minutes. Add the peas. Set aside.
Meanwhile make the cream sauce. Melt the butter in a medium size saucepan and stir in the flour to make a paste. Slowly add the milk and whisk until smooth. Add pepper and nutmeg.
Combine the ragù and cream sauce and set aside. Keep 1 cup separate to spoon on top of the casserole.
Cook the anelletti until very al dente, about 7 minutes. Do not over cook as they will cook in the oven again.
Drain and combine the anelletti with the ragù and cream sauce mixture. Transfer to the casserole dish and spread the remaining sauce on top. Sprinkle with the cheese and dot with butter. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven until the top is nicely browned, about 35 minutes.
This recipe is featured on show 2310 - Taste of Sicily.