Pasta Pomodoro

Carmine's Restaurant Recipe

Serves 2-4

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced
1 ounce fresh prosciutto, thinly sliced
7 fresh basil leaves, sliced
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons finely chopped  flat leaf parsley
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 (20 oz.) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained
salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 ounces dried rigatoni, spaghetti or penne

In a large saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, reduce the heat, add the garlic, and cook it stirring, for about 1 minute or until it is golden brown. Take care not to let the garlic burn. Add the prosciutto, the basil, the bay leaf, and 1 tablespoon of the parsley. Cook the mixture, stirring, for 30 seconds. Raise the heat to high, add the wine, and cook it for about 10 seconds or until the wine is well mixed.

Add the tomatoes and, using a wooden spoon or long handled fork, break them up as they cook. Bring the sauce to a boil. Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer it briskly for 2 to 3 minutes or until the liquid reduces by half. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, in a large pot filled with boiling salted water, cook the pasta for 7 to 8 minutes or until it is al dente. The cooking time will vary depending on the type of pasta. Drain the pasta well and transfer it to a shallow bowl or platter. Bring the sauce to a boil and immediately ladle it over the pasta and serve the dish garnished with the remaining tablespoon of parsley.

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