Wednesday, October 21, 2009

From Ninja Turtles to Pasta Sauce Raphael

Raphael, My Love!

When the chicas were younger, they favored Barbies. Their 4 boy cousins wereTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans. When the kids got together, they played "Teenage Mutant Ninja Barbies." No joke. The Barbies, being larger "action figures," served as airplanes; sometimes their removable heads doubled as bombs.

Raphael was my favorite Turtle, for more reasons than one. First off, he's not afraid to show his softer Ninja side. Second, his Italian namesake, the High Renaissance painter, was quite the talented dude. And, of course, Raphael the Turtle is also the Rebellious One.

One other reason, which has nothing to do with action figures or art: I've been to Italy several times, and my favorite trattoria sauce? Pasta Sauce Raphael.

I guess this is the round-about way of exclaiming over a recipe that is a Scribe Family standby. I favor the recipe made famous by Silver Palate Cookbook authors Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins. Lukins, who with her partner tried to bring gourmet meals to the masses, like me, died a couple of months ago. I publish this as a tribute to her bravery in the face of brain cancer & in hopes that as the weather changes for the worse this October, you, too will take comfort in this delightful comfort food.

The Silver Palate's Pasta Sauce Raphael

2 jars (6 oz. each) marinated artichoke hearts in oil
1/4-cup olive oil
2 cups chopped onions
2 tbs. minced garlic
1/2-tsp. dried oregano
1/2-teaspoon dried basil
1 tbs. coarsely ground black pepper
1/2-tsp. salt
Pinch red pepper flakes (we use more than a pinch)
1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, with their juice
1/4-cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4-cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf variety) parsley

Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the marinade.
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the onions, garlic, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, and reserved artichoke marinade. Saute over medium-low heat until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent, 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the artichoke hearts, Parmesan, and parsley. Stir gently, and simmer another 5 minutes.
6 portions; enough for 1 pound of pasta. Many favor tortellini with this sauce; the Scribes adore it with linguini or fettucini!


Vodka Logic said...

That sounds delicious, might try that. I think with my limited skills I could prob do it.

Also if I have missed some of your posts I am sorry..been crazy lately.xx

quilly said...

I am hungry and this sounds so yummy1

Cairo Typ0 said...

That sounds tasty! I always liked Michelangelo - like me he was the youngest plus he could fight but he preferred chilling with a pizza instead. :D

Alicia said...

i was always about michalangelo! i felt we had kindred spirits! lol... and dang, now i have the theme song stuck in my head!

Tonya said...


Tammy Howard said...

Oh, that sounds GOOD!

Amy said...

For those of us who are a kitchen of one, does this freeze? Cause it sounds delightful. (=

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

That sounds delicious....i love the Ninja Turtles!

Kaibee said...

Hey Melissa, thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!
Your recipe seems delicious, I'll sure give it a shot! :)

Yankee Girl said...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rock my world. And I am 28. My husband has action figures of each of the turtles on our mantle. We do not have kids.

I guess they are just hard to grow out of.

Twincerely,Olga said...

yummy! stoppin in fromSITS! My son loved the ninja turtles!! You just brought back some great memories!please stop by

Susie said...

That sounds really good:-)

Mom of Three said...

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kys said...

This sounds really good. I love any kind of pasta.

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I have a few things for you on my blog :o)

CBeth said...

i made this tonight and i'm a really great cook!!!

Miss Jo said...

That's some ninja recipe. Yum, artichoke hearts....Were there ever any Ninja+Barbie romance ?

javieth said...

I love this blog, is really amazing. The turtles are my favorite animal because they are quiet and they never represent a danger for anybody. This is the main reason why i love it. And how big they can be. Simply wonderful.
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