Super Mario recipes: Italian pork chops & pasta

Looking to add a little Italian flavor to your menu? Mario Batali, Italian-American chef, restaurateur and television host shares a few recipes from the Puglia region of Italy that are sure to spruce up your summer meals:

Orecchiette with Sweet Sausage and Broccoli (Puglia)
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • Dough

    • 4 cups semolina flour
    • 1 to 1 1/4 cups tepid water
  • Condiment

    • 2 tablespoons plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 1/2 pounds pork sausage, crumbled
    • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    • 1 carrot, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    • 1/2 rib celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
    • 1 cup red wine
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 cup crushed tomatoes and their juices
    • 1 recipe eggless orechiette dough (see above)
    • 1 large head broccoli, cut into 1-inch floret, nice stems sliced into 1/2-inch slices
    • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
    • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
    • Pecorino Toscano, for grating

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Pork Chops with Peppers & Capers(Cotolette alla Zingara)
Servings:

Serves 6

Ingredients

    • 4 1/2 quarts water
    • 1 cup kosher salt
    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 12 black peppercorns
    • 4 bay leaves
    • 6 pork rib chops
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 3 bell peppers- 1 each red, green, and yellow-cored, seeded, and cut into thin strips
    • 5 bulb onions, green tops reserved and sliced, bulbs cut into rings.
    • 1/4 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon hot red pepper flakes
    • 1 tablespoon capers, with their brine
    • 1 cup dry white wine

Preparation

Baking Directions:

With eleven restaurants, five cookbooks and a host of television shows, including the ever-popular Iron Chef America, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. Mario has authored five cookbooks including Simple Italian Food (Clarkson Potter 1998), Mario Batali Holiday Food (Clarkson Potter 2000), The Babbo Cookbook (Clarkson Potter 2002) and Molto Italiano– 327 Simple Classic Italian Recipes to Cook at Home (Ecco 2005).

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