“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
Continuing with the Jersey Tomato series…
Ah, wisdom. It’s taken me a few years, but I finally get New Jersey. That’s right, The Garden State, just west of New York City and just east of Philadelphia. It gets a bum rap. Sure, taxes are high and the roads are clogged, but it is also among the most educated states and has some of the richest zip codes in the nation. It has beautiful beaches (when the Governor isn’t splayed out on them) and great golf courses (when the President is splayed out on them). Add to this, a world class university fit for Einstein, farms, horses, and plenty Fortune 500’s. And, as a bonus, it has the country’s largest percentage of Italian-Americans, who still churn out some of the country’s best food.
My father was right; New Jersey is all right.
Enjoy the pasta with Jersey Tomatoes if you can get ’em.
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Sunday Pasta® Recipe: Spaghetti al Pomodoro con Ricotta (Ricotta and Fresh Tomatoes)
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4-6 1x
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 1 pound fresh, ripe tomatoes
- 6–8 basil leaves, coarsely torn
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup fresh ricotta cheese
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, grated
- Rinse the tomatoes under cold water. Remove the core and some seeds, and then cut into large bite-sized pieces.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the onion in olive oil until golden. Add the tomatoes and stir together for a few minutes. After a few minutes, add the basil leaves and salt and pepper to taste.
- Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente.
- Drain, and mix into the skillet with the tomatoes.
- Remove to a serving bowl and mix in the ricotta.
- Serve immediately with a sprinkle of Parmigiano.