Monday, January 17, 2011

Pasta Al Bakunin



The name is from Little Italy, my favorite Italian restaurant. The recipe's all my own, an attempt to recreate the pasta I order every time when I go there.

To start off, roughly chop 4 tomatoes and 1/2 red bell pepper. Also peel and smash up 3 cloves of garlic. Put all these in a blender with 2 tbsp tomato puree, salt and a tsp of dried oregano. Blend until you get a thick paste.

Wash 8-10 mushrooms, take off the stems and cut them into quarters. Thinly slice an onion lengthwise. Chop 2 tbsp of parsley real fine. Also bring out a tbsp of capers but keep them aside for now.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Add onions and mushrooms and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the tomato paste that you just made and 1/3 cup of red wine. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let everything simmer until the sauce thickens. It took around 40 minutes when I made this. When the sauce is close to how think you want it but not quite there yet, add your capers, half the parsley and ground black pepper. Mix it all in and let simmer for another 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime, boil penne or any other pasta you like as per package directions. Drain and mix well with the sauce. Top with the remaining parsley.

6 comments:

Veggie Hut said...

Interesting Preparation of Pasta!

Adele said...

I'm always glad to hear other people also always order the same thing when they go to a restaurant. Always stick with a winner, methinks. Are you happy with your version? It looks delicious.

notyet100 said...

luv the name,looks delicious,..

Curry Leaf said...

Interesting name and the sauce. Here they make a pasta with red and white sauce called "berbere?"(splng not sure.I have missed it in the menu) I have not tried it,but LI spinach cannelloni and garden veg lasagna are to die for . Keep it coming Simran. Next time I go there, I am planning to try both bakunin sauce as well as berbere.

Apu said...

Delicious!! Loving it!!

Nachiketa said...

I love Little Italy too..... ate there for the first time in Mumbai n then later in Hyderabad...

The past's looking very interesting....

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