Ditalini with Pork and Peas

Saturday, March 12, 2016
This is Italian comfort food at its finest. I remember growing up having this many times during the month. Money was tight and this fed many. We still love it. Sop this up that Italian bread and you have a fabulous meal in one pot!

Ditalini with Pork and Peas




Really old fashioned Italian style food right here. Comfort food, especially in the cooler months.
My grandmother would make this with the leftover Sunday tomato sauce during the weekdays.


If there was beef left then she would use that meat, sometimes even sausage or meatballs. Whatever was leftover in the Sunday sauce was many time added to this dish, meat wise.


I called it Italian goulash, I guess that's what it reminded me of. My mom did make the American Italian version of goulash with crusted meatballs, sauce and elbow macaroni. The only thing missing were peppers.


As I got older I realized it was nothing like goulash, I really love this dish. It has so much old world taste. I didn't realize until I was grown up that they considered this depression food, as it was inexpensive to make and actually re purposed from Sunday sauce leftovers.


As the years go on with just those cherished memories, there was alot taught. I learned how to stretch a budget when things were tight with money and still eat like a king. These meals become more and more asked for because they were great. This recipe fed alot of family members for just a little money and now in this next generation, my kids love it.


The best recipes coming out of the 1960 era that were frugal in cost are the best memories and delicious meals to date, I wouldn't change a thing.


I miss the love that went into it, but those memories live on in the kitchen.




Ditalini with Pork and Peas




Ditalini Pork and Peas

ingredients:

1 can 28 ounce Crushed Tomatoes
2 pounds Ground Pork
1 teaspoon fennel seed
1 can peas
1 bell pepper cleaned and cut into slices
1 cup ditalini boiled to al dente  to package instructions
Italian seasoning taste around 1 tablespoon
1/2 cup Cabernet wine
salt pepper to taste
1 tablespoon granulated garlic to taste
1 cup water add more if gets too thick
1/2 cup Romano cheese and more for the top
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon each:
oregano
basil
parsley

 pinch red pepper flakes
In a large saucepan saute pork, fennel and adding 3 tablespoons olive oil  saute till pink is gone.  Add peppers, garlic, peas, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper to taste. Saute around 4 minutes, add wine and tomatoes.

Simmer on low around 25 minutes adding 1/2 cup grated cheese and water to keep it a medium thickness if too thick add more water.  Boil pasta separately. Add ditalini that's been cooked to package instructions al dente' to the sauce. Serve in a bowl with grated cheese on top.

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1 comment

  1. Wow, this surely is a vintage recipe of the 60's! So comforting and really delicious. I could see my grandson mopping up the sauce with crusty Italian bread! Thanks for sharing old memories, Claudia!xo

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