Courtesy of: Diana Gale from Domestic Goddess Wannabe
I like cooking pastas on busy days because it is just such a simple thing to cook. Plus, pasta sauces are a good way to use up loads of left-overs from the fridge. In this case, I had a packet of shitake mushroom to use up.
I cooked the pasta using Trittuti, made using dried tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, olives, garlic and basil in a typical Sicilian style. I paired with Pecorino, which I much prefer because of its sharp yet mellow taste.
This dish is definitely moreish.
And it is really easy to put together too!
Let me show you how.
In a casserole, saute the diced onion in some olive oil.
Add the minced garlic and cook a further 30 seconds.
Move the onion and garlic to the side of the casserole. Add the minced beef in the middle. Cook the minced beef for about 3 minutes, or until the meat is no longer red.
Stir to mix the onion, garlic and beef. Add the diced red pepper and mushroom. Stir to combine.
When the mushroom has wilted a little, add the Tritturi sauce and tomato puree or sauce.
Stir to mix. Add your favorite herbs – I added some bay leaves.
Let this simmer for about 10 minutes so the flavors can come together, and for the sauce to thicken a little. Remember to stir occasionally.
Cook the fusilli spaccati (or any pasta you like) in salted boiling water for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Fusilli Spaccati has rolled edges, which are obtained by pressing a piece of dough lightly with the fingers. Rough on the inside, this type of pasta holds the sauce perfectly, so it is well suited for thick pasta sauces.
Once cooked, reserve some of the pasta water (ie, water used for cooking the pasta) and transfer the pasta to the sauce.
Stir to mix.
Check the seasonings – add loads of black pepper – and top with chili flakes, chopped Italian parsley and shaved Pecorino.