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Pasta Puttanesca

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This dish mainly originated in mid twentieth century. Some believe that it was a sauce created by a restaurant owner … Petti who was near closing his restaurant one evening, found a group of customers sitting at one of his tables, Petti was low on ingredients and told the customers he didn’t have enough to make a meal. They started complaining and said it’s too late and they are hungry. “Facci una puttanata qualsiasi (Make any kind of garbage),” they insisted. At that time Petti had nothing more than tomatoes, capers and olives, so he used them to make a sauce for the spaghetti and later from then he included this dish in his menu as spaghetti alla puttanesca- source history of pasta puttanesca.

I personally love this sauce, it has wonderful taste of capers, olives, tomatoes and herbs. Its jam-packed with intense flavors and very simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

6 garlic cloves chopped finely

1 tsp red pepper flakes

20 large pitted black olives (coarsely chopped)

3 -4 tbsp capers

1/2 white onion chopped

1 (32 ounce can )- chunky style tomato

1 (14 ounce can)- diced tomato

Black pepper and salt to taste

1/4 cup parsley chopped

1 pound spaghetti cooked to al dente

Method:

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, chopped onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Sautee until the onions and garlic are translucent. Then add  chopped olives, capers, tomatoes and bring them to boil. Simmer and heat the sauce for another 8-10 minutes. Add pepper and salt according to your taste and garnish with parsley.

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Toss the sauce with pasta and serve with bread and cheese/olive oil, vinegar mix.

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Greek Pizza

Pizza brings back nostalgic memories to me. There is a chaat center in Malleshwaram 8th cross who sells not only amazing chaats but also delicious small pizzas. When I was in my college I used to go and have their pizzas almost every day and I also remember the pizza guy asking me if I ever eat anything other than pizza 🙂 and those pizzas were just 8 rupees back then now I am sure they must have increased the price. So thats how I was introduced to pizza and after coming to US my craving for pizzas have never ended. I love to try different ingredients on pizzas each time I bake one. My husband and I both like Greek pizza a lot. Artichokes are another favorite for us.  So this time I tried using all these on one base and it made for a tasty pizza!

Serving-2to3

To make pizza sauce:

Ingredients:

Tomato paste- 16oz/ 1 can

Warm water- 1 cup

Minced garlic- ½ Tsp

Honey- 2 Tbsp

Onion powder-¾ Tsp

Dried oregano- ½ Tsp

Dried basil-½ Tsp

Ground black pepper-¼ Tsp

Red pepper flakes-¼ Tsp

Salt – to taste

Preparation:

In a bowl mix all the above ingredients well and the sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors. I took the pizza sauce recipe from all recipes.com and. I omitted few ingredients for my own taste.

To make pizza:

Ingredients

Pizza base-12 inches

Corn meal -1 tsp (optional)

Pizza sauce – as desired

Shredded mozzarella cheese-6 tbsp

Feta cheese-2 tbsp

Canned artichoke hearts – 6 to 8

Pitted Kalamata olives – 10

Pitted green olives – 4

Red onion – ½

Roma tomato – 1

Dried oregano – 1/2 tsp

Preparation:

Cut tomato and onions into thin slices and grate mozzarella cheese. Cut the olives lengthwise into halves and artichokes into small bite sized pieces.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Coat a large pizza tray with cooking oil and sprinkle the corn meal. Place the pizza base on the sheet and evenly spread pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, artichoke hearts, tomato slices, onion slices, olives, feta cheese. Sprinkle oregano on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until it is cooked. Remove from oven and slice. Enjoy!

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