Question: what do you get when you combine recipies for Italian food and feel good comfort food? Answer? The latest cookbook from one of our favorite families — the Scottos. Marion, Anthony, Rosanna, and Elaina Scotto showcase some of the recipes from their book — “Italian Comfort Food.” Check them out below.
SUNDAY SAUCE WITH MEATBALLS, SAUSAGES, AND PORK CHOPSMarion, Anthony, Rosanna, and Elaina Scotto
For the Meatballs:
Soak the bread in the milk. In a medium bowl, mix the ground beef, bread, onions, parsley, eggs, cheese, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the mixture is dry, add ½ cup of cold water and mix well. Form into about 12 meatballs.
Place the meatballs in a sauté pan with the olive oil and fry over medium heat until brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
For the Pork Chops:
In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the sausage and pork chops until brown, about 10 minutes. Don’t worry if the meat is not cooked through because the meat will cook through in the sauce. Remove the meat from pan and set aside. Deglaze the pan with 1 cup red wine.
In the same pot, add the garlic, onions, pancetta, and crushed pepper and cook until the onions and garlic are lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the remaining cup of red wine and reduce by half. Add the tomatoes and salt and simmer for 1 hour over low heat.
Add the basil, sausage, pork chops, and meatballs to the tomato sauce and simmer for an additional hour over low heat.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente. Drain the pasta, toss it with the Sunday Sauce, and serve immediately.
Total cooking time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.
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Recipes excerpted from “Italian Comfort Food: Intensive Eating from Fresco by Scotto Restaurant” by Marion Scotto, Rosanna Scotto, Anthony, Jr. Scotto and Elaina Scotto. Copyright © 2002 by Marion Scotto, Rosanna Scotto, Anthony, Jr. Scotto and Elaina Scotto. Published by Harper Collins, Inc. All rights reseveved. No part of this excerpt can be used without permission of the publisher.