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Sicilian Sarsa alla Grillo

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Ingredients

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3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
28 oz. Canned chopped Tomatoes San Marzano
Handful A handful of basil leaves Fresh
20 oz. Water Tap water
1/2 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Salt and Pepper
2 cubes Sugar
3 cloves Garlic cloves Roughly chopped

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Sicilian Sarsa alla Grillo

  • 50-minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Medium

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Sicilian Sarsa alla Grillo is an authentic Sicilian family recipe for a meatless, quick tomato sauce for pasta that always pleases the palate and fills the senses.

 

 

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1
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Begin with good extra virgin olive oil or regular olive oil.
—Dice three cloves of garlic roughly; sauté on low heat in the EVOO.
—Add one 28-oz. can of chopped tomatoes; your favorite brand. I use San Marzano tomatoes.
—Add 3/4 of the can of water (use the 28-oz can to measure).
—Stir the mixture thoroughly on medium heat.

2
Done

Do not add seasoning until the mixture comes to a simmer, then add:
—S&P
—2 sugar cubes (or about 1/2 teaspoon)
—Fresh basil

3
Done

Consistently stir using a wooden spoon. Cook all sugo or sarsa in a non-reactive pan. For sarsa, I like to use a large frying pan. For sugo, I use a non-reactive pot.

4
Done

Cook 40 minutes.

5
Done

Cook pasta to al dente; add regular salt (not salt with iodine!). Drain pasta well and add it to the cooked sarsa. Top with Parmigiano, or as we do in Sicily, Pecorino. Add freshly ground pepper and a few more basil leaves.

Tip: My mother never seasoned her sauce throughout the cooking process — contrary to what the cooking shows profess. She taught us to only season the mixture once, when it comes to a simmer. It makes a HUGE difference and keeps the sauce consistent and very balanced, not acidic, each time you make it. And ALWAYS use fresh basil and garlic.

6
Done

Buon appetito!

magrillo

I'm first generation Sicilian-Italian on my father's side of the family, and I come from immigrant grandparents on my mother's side of the family. I've been to Sicily many times and still have family there. Authentic Sicilian cooking and culture are among my long suits.

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