It all started with a conversation about mobsters with a friend, which somehow turned into inspiration for a Frank Sinatra inspired tomato sauce. I did some research on Ol’ Blue Eyes and what I found out was that he liked tomato sauces with his pasta and lots of garlic. However he didn’t eat much garlic because it upset his stomach. So I came up with this sauce recipe that I put together this morning.
- 2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes
- 6 cloves of garlic, sliced
- Olive oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
- red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in a skillet (enough to evenly cover bottom) and add sliced garlic. Let garlic cook until it just turns golden brown and starts to really stink up the kitchen. Turn burner off and let garlic and oil cool.
Empty contents of tomato cans in a large bowl. Here’s where it gets fun and if you have kids, you might want them to get involved in this part! With your hands, crush the tomatoes until you have a chunky sauce.
In a slow cooker, add your tomatoes and basil. Then add your skillet of garlic with the olive oil. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Add a dash of red pepper. Set to high and let cook for 6-8, tasting and adjusting salt and pepper seasoning occasionally. You don’t want the sauce to taste overly flavorful. You want to be able to taste the garlic and basil with your tomatoes. Serve over pasta. If you’re really adventurous, you can make your own pasta like I did!
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup semolina flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 Tbs. water, plus more as needed
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the all-purpose and semolina flours, salt and olive oil. Beat on low speed just until combined, about 30 seconds.
In a small pitcher or other pourable container, whisk together the eggs and water. With the mixer on low speed, slowly drizzle in the egg mixture and beat until the flour has been absorbed into the egg mixture, about 2 minutes.
Stop the mixer and, using your hands, squeeze a small amount of dough into a ball. It should be moist enough to hold together but not sticky; if it is too dry, add more water, 1 tsp. at a time.
Transfer the dough to a work surface and shape into 2 balls. Wrap separately with plastic wrap, then flatten each ball into a disk. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
Attach the pasta roller to the electric mixer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Unwrap 1 dough disk and dust lightly with all-purpose flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 1/2 inch thick and no wider than the pasta roller. Roll the dough through the rollers once at the widest setting, then lay the pasta on the work surface and fold it into thirds. Repeat the process 2 more times, rolling out the dough, rolling it through the rollers at the widest setting, and folding it into thirds each time.
Now thin the dough by rolling it through the rollers at the second-to-widest setting. Repeat, setting the rollers one notch narrower each time, until the desired thinness is reached. Transfer the dough to a baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and roll out the other dough disk.
Attach a pasta cutter to the mixer according to the manufacturer’s instructions and cut the pasta into the desired shape. If not cooking the pasta immediately, transfer it to a baking sheet and dust lightly with flour to prevent sticking. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Makes about 1 lb. dough.
Williams-Sonoma suggests using a stand alone mixer for this recipe, but I can assure you that a hand mixer and a large bowl works just as well. Despite all of the steps, this really is an easy recipe. Enjoy!