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Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Tomato Sauce with Olive Oil and Chopped Vegetables

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It's Cindy again, and I'm so excited because it's now my turn to move on to the Pasta chapter of The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. I absolutely love pasta. If you love pasta also, and want a simple but extremely delicous sauce, you have got to try this one. I just loved it! This recipe is unique in that the carrots, celery, and onions are put in with the tomatoes without being sauteed first. Marcella says this is called "a crudo". So here's how easy it is-you open a can of imported plum tomatoes, cut them up and put them in a saucepan. You then cut up celery, carrots, and onion and add that along with salt to the tomatoes. You cook for 30 minutes, then add olive oil, and cook for another 15 minutes. That's it! You have this wonderful sauce. It's very fresh-tasting. The carrot adds a real sweetness to the sauce, and the vegetables remain a little crunchy adding a nice texture. Marcella suggests serving this with a factory-made pasta like spaghettini or penne. I chose penne. This is one pasta sauce that I know I will be making time and again. There's also a couple of variations listed I'll have to try-one with marjoram and two cheeses, and one with rosemary and pancetta.

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Great photos, Cindy! It looks yummy!

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