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Rigatoni Portofino

This recipe is courtesy of Valentino.

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 10 fresh parsley leaves
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/4 cups olive oil
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • Two 28-ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 ounces onions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 pound rigatoni

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place pine nuts, Parmesan, parsley, pinch of salt, and 1 cup olive oil in the work bowl of a food processor; pulse until combined. Add basil, and continue to pulse until mixture is smooth; set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot, celery and sugar; cook until softened about 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until thickened, about 25 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt and return to a boil. Add pasta and cook, according to package directions. Drain pasta; set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Puree tomato mixture through a food mill into the pasta pot. Place pot over low heat and add pesto. Add pasta, and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show

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Reviews (5)

  • 27 Jan, 2009

    This is a really good recipe, I have made it for the second time now. I like keeping the pesto and tomato sauce separate, and putting the two sauces together to my own liking. Really hearty and tasty!

  • 13 Aug, 2008

    I just wathced the show where Martha has Valentino as her guest. A lovely recipe which I will make

  • 4 Feb, 2008

    The actual text for Direction #2 is: Heat remaining 1/4 cup oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add onions, carrot, celery and sugar; cook until softened about 6-8 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until thickened, about 25 minutes. Then go to #3, then #4 in the above recipe. It is a wonderful recipe with depth of flavor in the sauce!

  • 26 Nov, 2007

    If I remember correctly, put the pesto mixture in a large pot and heat, then ad the tomato sauce(with celery, ognion and carrot). Then add boiled pasta and mix. This is the part missing in the video. The recipy leaves out the part with the ingredients of the tomato sauce. Hope this helps.

  • 4 Nov, 2007

    a step seems to be missing in the directions, as well as the video :( please help!!