This is the best pasta sauce you will ever have! Seriously.
And who doesn’t love Italian food?!
This recipe is straight from Italy, from my Auntie Norma. For those of you that know me, I am English (not Italian), however, my second cousin married an Italian man. Don’t ask me why I call her “auntie” when she’s not really my aunt, we’re just weird like that. I was lucky enough to spend my summers as a young girl in the gorgeous Tuscan town of Viareggio. Some of my favorite childhood memories were spent going there for my birthday and eating delicious cake, spending time on the beach with my extended family and their dog, being a bridesmaid in a real Italian wedding (I learned what “bella! bella!” meant that day) and even the carnevale (carnival), where thousands of people dress up and dance around and watch a parade with the most outlandish, lavish floats I’ve ever seen! I haven’t been back since I’ve been all grown up, but I would love to go and soak up all of the Italian history until my brain explodes.
A few weeks ago I asked Auntie Norma if she could send me some of her Italian recipes and allow me to post them here. She said YES! Let me tell you how excited I am to share some amazing and delicious Italian recipes! REALLY EXCITED!
Trust me, if you play some Italian restaurant music in the background, close your eyes, soak up the smell, and take a bite of this, you will feel like you’ve been magically transported to a quiet Italian villa in the countryside. I’ve done it! I’m not ashamed!
I have changed a couple things in the recipe (not too much, don’t worry) just to make it my own and a little more American grocery store friendly, but still keeping with the Italian tradition. So have no fear, you will be able to find everything!
Bucatini is like spaghetti except there’s a hole going through the middle, so if you are having trouble finding the bucatini, you can use spaghetti. Oh, and if you have leftovers (slight chance, but maybe you will) this reheats up perfectly.