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Strozzapreti Pasta with sauce from Potenza (Strozzapreti alla Potentina)


Potenza is a southern Italian capital from the Basilicata region; it has endured many setbacks, such as earthquakes, bombings, revolts, etc... However, even with all these difficult times the city has thrived and kept many historical buildings, some dating as far as the Roman Antiquity. Of course, just like for all Italian regions, they have a spaghetti sauce recipe that people from Potenza consider as their traditional recipe: "strozzapreti alla Potentina". Strozzapreti are in fact thin medium length strips of pasta, curled lengthwise; rolled a bit like macaroni but the strozzapreti aren't closed on all sides.

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Strozzapreti Potentina

Ingredients:

* 1 lb. Strozzapreti pasta
* 1 and 1/2 lb. of pork meat in a single meat cut,
* 1/2 lb. slices of pancetta,
* 1 and 1/2 lb. fresh tomatoes,
* 1 cup of grated pecorino cheese,
* 1/2 cup crumbled pieces of the same pecorino cheese,
* 4 tablespoons of lard,
* dry white wine
* Olive oil
* parsley
* 1 clove garlic,
* 1 fresh peperoncino, seeds discarded and cut in pieces
* nutmeg
* salt
* kitchen cooking string

Cooking instructions:

1) In a bowl, mix the following ingredients: the chopped parsley and press in garlic, combined with the peperoncino pieces, a touch of nutmeg and the grated pecorino cheese, along with the crumbled pecorino pieces.

2) Beat well the piece of pork to flatten it as much as you can, sprinkle it with the mixture we did in step 1, placing the pancetta slices in the middle, roll it and tie it up like a big sausage.

3) Brown the piece of pork meat in a pan, frying it in a mixture with the lard, and a few tablespoons of oil and wet it from time to time with the white wine. Once the meat has browned, pour the tomatoes into the pan, skinned, seeded and cut in small pieces, season with salt. Cover and cook over low heat for about 2 hours or more. It will be ready when it is very tender and comes apart easily.

4) Meanwhile, boil the pasta in a pot of salted water; cook until al dente and drain,

5) When the meat has finished cooking, place the meat over the strozzapreti pasta on a nice serving dish, removing the cooking string from the meat and slicing it in equal portions for each guest.





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