Homemade Italian cooking from Queens

March 21, 2009 11:29:23 AM PDT
It's homemade Italian cooking that won't break the bank. Everyone's looking for good value these days.

This week's featured recipe is pasta from Spolini's. The restaurant is located at 116-25 Metropolitan Ave. in Kew Gardens, Queens.

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Spolini's Penne Romana

Ingredients

1/2 LB penne pasta (cooked al dente)
1/2 onion (diced)
1/2 cup dry vermouth
16oz crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup parmesan
2 TBLS butter
4 sweet pork sausauges
salt
pepper
1/3 cup cooking oil
1 sprig basil (chopped)

Directions:

Remove sausage from casing

Drizzle some of olive oil on sausage and break up with hands

Heat remaining oil in sauce pan over medium heat

Once oil is hot, add onions

Saute for 2-3 minutes

Add crumbled sausage

Cook for 3-4 minutes, drain off excess fat

Add vermouth, cook off alcohol

Add tomatoes to pan and reduce sauce over low/medium heat

Once reduced (after about 7 minutes) add butter, salt and pepper to taste and parmesan

Slowly add in cream

Saute another minute plate with a chopped basil

Serves 2


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