An Italian Recipe for Sauce: Perfect for Cold Weather Days

January 24, 2014  |  By Liz SanFilippo Hall
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An Italian Recipe for Sauce: Perfect for Cold Weather Days

In this cold weather, hot foods are on the top of everyone's list, which is why we often turn to steaming soups and chilis for comfort. But a hearty dish of pasta and fresh sauce is another great way to warm up your hands, as well as your stomach. By making the sauce from scratch, not only will you create a heavenly aroma from the simmering vegetables, but you'll warm up your kitchen too!

TomatoesOnce such Italian recipe for a hearty sauce comes from Chef Luca of our cooking vacation "Cook in the Heart of Chianti." What's wonderful about this recipe (read it here) is that it's very much tailored to what's in season, including tomatoes, as well as what you're in the mood for. It also helps that it makes homemade sauces accessible to all kinds of home cooks, no matter what your skill level.

That's because the chef has simplified the recipe in the Tuscan tradition; to make this sauce, you'll basically be mixing all the vegetables and cooking them in wine. Once the wine has partially evaporated, you'll mix in the broth, and so on. Plus, the chef also provides tips like, don't cover the pan with the pot top, so that it's easier to evaporate the wine. This Chianti Classico sauce can be served with any kind of pasta, whether fresh or dry. So pair it with your favorite plate of ravioli, bucatini, or angel hair, and bon appétit!

For more cooking tips and recipes from Chef Luca, visit him in Tuscany at "Cook in the Heart of Chianti."

By Liz Hall

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