Sicilian cuisine is known for its rich flavors and hearty dishes, and this recipe for Pasta with Braised Veal and Onions is no exception. Picture tender pieces of veal cooked in a thick onion sauce, served over perfectly cooked pasta. With its deep flavors and satisfying textures, this dish is sure to become a favorite in your household.
The Art of Aggrassatu
In Sicily, many traditional recipes involve slow cooking, allowing flavors to meld together over time. This dish follows that tradition, with the veal and onions simmering in a wine and stock sauce until they are melt-in-your-mouth tender. The term “aggrassatu” refers to the method of cooking the meat, creating a deliciously savory sauce that envelops the meat.
How to Prepare this Delightful Dish
To make this pasta with braised veal and onions, start by browning the veal and onions in a fragrant mixture of rosemary, cloves, and other herbs. Once the meat is cooked to perfection, remove it from the sauce and thicken it with a touch of flour.
Serve the pasta with a generous amount of sauce and a few pieces of the tender veal for an unforgettable meal. Alternatively, you can add cubed potatoes to the sauce for a heartier dish that can be enjoyed without the pasta.
Maltagliati: The Perfect Pasta
The pasta used in this recipe is maltagliati, which translates to “badly-cut” in Italian. This pasta is made from leftover dough, resulting in irregularly shaped squares or rectangles. The pasta adds a rustic touch to the dish, perfectly complementing the rich flavors of the braised veal and onions.
Where to Find Authentic Maltagliati
During a visit to a pasta factory in Corleone, Sicily, I discovered the authentic maltagliati used in this recipe. Corleone, famous for its Mafia history, is also home to a thriving pasta-making tradition. Watching the pasta being made and dried was a fascinating experience, and I couldn’t resist bringing back some of their delicious pasta.
A Dish Worth Trying
While this pasta with braised veal and onions may not be the most visually striking dish, its flavors will more than make up for it. The addition of cloves and the thick, oniony sauce create a truly memorable culinary experience. I invite you to try this recipe and share your thoughts. Bon appétit!
Want to experience more traditional slow-cooked pasta recipes? Check out these delicious options:
- Orechiette with Braciole (beef rolls)
- Ziti with Neapolitan la Genovese ragu
- Ligurian Corzetti with Genovese meat sauce.
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