|My new favorite store - Cheese Importers in Longmont.|
|Gourmet jams and chocolates!!|
We also toured the historic Stanley Hotel, which opened in June 1909. Beautiful old buildings and architecture. Many movies have been filmed here at the hotel which is in Estes Park, right outside the Rocky Mountain National Park.
|The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO|
Of course when my (future) husband and I met, I had to get this pasta sauce perfect before he would marry me...well, not really, but it definitely helped! I always double the recipe for him, as he cannot get enough of it for leftovers during the week.
|Perfect Puttanesca for Pasta Night|
Inspired by Jody Mac
(Serves 4) Recommend To Double
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup Chopped Onion
4 Garlic Cloves, chopped or minced
1/2 tsp. Dried Red Pepper Flakes
1- 28 oz. can Italian Crushed Tomatoes (do not drain)
1/2 ts. Salt
12 Kalamata Olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
7 Anchovy Fillets, drained and coarsely chopped
3 Tbl. Capers, drained
1 Small Can Tomato Paste
5 - Italian Sausages, medium spice
1 - 16 oz. Box Penne Pasta
Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until garlic is lightly colored, stirring occasionally about 5 minutes. In crock pot, add the crushed tomatoes, salt, olives, anchovy fillets, capers, tomato paste and the cooked onion mixture. Stir well in crock pot.
In a same skillet that you cooked the onions, garlic and pepper flakes, add the sausages and lightly sear on medium-high heat for a couple minutes on each side. Add the sausages to the sauce in crock pot, making sure they are well covered. Cover pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. The longer you can let it cook and simmer up those flavors, the better it will be.
Right before serving, cook the penne pasta accordingly to package directions. Serve in a pasta bowl and add the puttanesca sauce, sausage and fresh cheese.
We enjoyed this with a crusty baguette and opened the perfect bottle of McManis Zinfandel.