Contributed by: NAPSA
Italian Food Contributes To A Healthy Lifestyle (NAPSA) - Mediterranean food without tomatoes? Never! Or, as they say in Italian: Non mai!
"Nothing's as consistently delicious and convenient as canned tomatoes that have been ripened naturally on the vine," says Chef Biba Caggiano of Biba's in Sacramento, California. Referring to recent research that shows levels of the antioxidant lycopene are greatly enhanced in tomatoes that have been canned, the TV chef, author and teacher of Italian cooking adds, "With basic ingredients like canned tomatoes in the pantry, any home cook can quickly prepare Italian food that's authentic, hearty and healthy."
To make tomato sauce, heat oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Press tomatoes through food mill or sieve and discard seeds. Add tomato pulp to saucepan. Simmer uncovered 15 to 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Melt butter in large skillet. When butter foams, add pancetta. Saute over medium heat until lightly colored. Add vodka and stir until it has evaporated. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer uncovered 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Adapted from Biba's "Northern Italian Cooking" 2002. By Biba Caggiano, HP Books.
Serving Size: Makes 4 - 6 Servings
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