First of all, Chef Jasper, this recipe was not an attempt to copy your Pasta alla Nanni, though I’d be lying if I said that
Le Seuer Pea Pasta with Red Gold Tomatoes
didn’t take one of its ingredients for your famous pasta dish. But more on that in a minute.
First thing’s first. Welcome to the first of two #MeatlessMonday Saturday edition posts. Yes, yes, it’s been well-documented that having #MeatlessMonday on a Tuesday, Wednesday, etc., etc. is just weird. But I’m making up for lost time. I missed a few weeks, but I’m back in saddle just in time for lent. Just remember, on Fridays when you’re not eating meat, you can eat vegetarian. You’ll love it. Promise.
Okay, back to the dish. As I said above, this recipe is in no way an attempt to copy world famous Chef Jasper Mirabile’s Pasta alla Nanni, though I will admit it was a huge inspiration. In fact, I hadn’t had Le Seuer peas in years until I went to Chef’s restaurant and he served up a pasta the Pasta alla Nanni to my wife and I. Now, they’re back to being a pantry staple in the BWD household.
So, to Chef Jasper I give a nod of thanks and I promise that since you won’t give out the recipe for Pasta alla Nanni to anyone (including BWD, Jr.), I won’t publish any guesses on how to make it. But I bet I can come close. 🙂
With that being said, there’s another ingredient to our battle. The secret ingredient.
Sorry, I channeled Iron Chef there for a second.
In all seriousness, a little while ago, Red Gold tomatoes sent me the coolest freaking tin of product. It had three cans of Red Gold tomatoes (sauce, diced, and diced with green chilies), a recipe book, a refrigerator magnet, and a model Red Gold truck that my son loved so much he wrote me a thank you card for it. So cool.
So I’ve been holding those cans for something special when I realized that my Red Gold tomato sauce would be perfect for a recipe like this. Seriously, if you have been using generic tomato suace, I highly recommend you try a good quality sauce like Red Gold tomato sauce next time . There is definitely a dfference with good ingredients.