Linguine Tuna Puttanesca, tangy Italian

Linguine Puttanesca
The name Puttanesca (read other news here) may raise eyebrows but your taste buds will be even more aroused by the pungent tomato sauce of a Linguine Tuna Puttanesca.

To make this saucy Italian delight you will need salt, 12 ounces linguine, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons capers, drained, 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives, 1 28-ounce can San Marzano plum tomatoes, 4 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish, 1 5-ounce can albacore tuna, packed in olive oil, and freshly ground pepper.

To prepare, first bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add linguine, and a few drops of oil and cook until al dente. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over a medium flame and add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until slightly toasted. Next add the capers and the olives and fry for about 2 minutes and add crushed tomatoes to the skillet. Cook the tomatoes until they are slightly dry and add tomato juice, basil, and salt, and cook until the sauce thickens.

Add the tuna in oil, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot. Add the sauce and toss; Season with pepper and garnish with more basil.

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Tiella, Italian pie

tiella
Italian cuisine is more than just pasta and pizza. There are many recipes you can try. Tiella is a layered vegetable dish which often contains tomatoes, potatoes, and zucchini, baked in an earthenware dish. It is most popular in the Italian south.

Eggplant, onions, red peppers, mushroom slices, sauteed greens, and sliced winter squash can be added. For the dough use 2 teaspoons dry yeast, ¼ cup warm water, 1½ cups all-purpose flour, 1½ cups semolina flour, 1 teaspoon salt, ¾ cup cool water, and 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.

For the filling use 2 pounds escarole, 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1½ tablespoons chopped garlic, ⅓ cup capers, drained, ⅓ cup Gaeta olives, pitted, ½ teaspoon peperoncino flakes, and salt. To prepare trim the base of the escarole rinse, drain the leaves and chop into shreds.

Pour ¼ cup of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add garlic. Cook for a minute then add the escarole, capers and olives, add salt and peperoncino. Steam for 5 minutes.

To make the dough, dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water and leave for several minutes to and start to bubble. Put flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor and run for a few seconds to blend the dry ingredients. Stir the yeast with the cool water and 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour the liquid into the flour and continue processing for 30 seconds.

Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead to form a smooth round. Place in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled. When filling is prepared, heat the oven to 375°. Place a rack in the centre of the oven. Brush the bottom of the baking pan with olive oil.

Knead the dough to form a round and cut off 1/3 for the top crust of the tiella. The larger piece from the bottom. Put the round in the baking pan then scrape add escarole filling in the bottom crust and spread evenly. Fold the rest of the dough over the crust making indentations with the fingertips to seal. With a knife, pierce the top crust all over, brush extra-virgin olive oil and bake for about 45 minutes. 

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