Thursday, July 30, 2009

Better Late Than Never

I’ve been meaning to share this post with you for awhile now; but hey things happen; recipes get put on the back burner and before you know it weeks go by. Back in the beginning of June my cousin Marie was visiting for a few days from New Jersey. We didn’t get to have many meals together, as her and my mom spent most of the visit in Laughlin, but the one meal we did share was really good.

We started with a large antipasto salad with homemade Italian dressing (recipe below). Besides lettuce we included: chunks of extra sharp provolone cheese, a cannellini bean salad, sliced hard boiled eggs, marinated olives, roasted peppers, hearts of palm, diced tomatoes and fresh basil springs.

The antipasto was followed by a new recipe I found in one of my Food & Wine magazines, called Corzetti Pasta with Veal Ragu.

We substituted homemade pappardelle pasta for the corzetti as we weren’t able to find them here in Phoenix. The one thing that made this ragu stand apart from others I’ve tried was the addition of the veal shanks and marrow. I think they added a very robust flavor to the sauce. I would definitely make this again.

I hope you agree that sharing this post was better late than never.

Italian Dressing
4 ounces red wine vinegar
4 ounces olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt

I'm sending this over to Amy at Very Culinary for this weeks Presto Pasta Nights.


  1. Sounds like a great visit/meal, even if it was the only one. Thanks for sharing this with Presto Pasta Nights.

  2. Yum! This really sounds delicious. I love that you made your own pappardelle. I hope you will join me at for Crock Pot Wednesdays. The first giveaway item was posted this week. You'll want to visit to see what the others will be. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love veal so much, and with the fresh pappardelle it must have been awesome!

  4. Great meal! Your NJ cousin must be very cool (LOL!).

  5. That looks delish!
    you had me at the homemade pappardelle~

  6. You rock! I'm gonna make this antipasto for my little ones 3rd birthday party next Saturday! Thanks for posting it! Ok, when are we getting together, geesh!

  7. This sounds like an amazing mea! I would love to make this antipasto next time I have an occasion.

  8. That looks great, it seems like the perfect italian meal. I really love a rich meaty sauce.

  9. You and your cuz sure know how to eat!!

  10. This looks so lovely..thanks much for dropping by.