Mezze Maniche alla Checca


This has recently become my husband’s favorite pasta dish, he discovered it at an osteria near our apartment in Rome where we frequently go for dinner. He orders it every time we eat there and never tires of it.

p1060179This past Saturday afternoon we decided to make it for lunch, it was raining and we were feeling very lazy, we had all of the ingredients in the house and it was simple enough to not have to put forth too much effort and break the laziness.


Mezze Maniche alla Checca

  • 14 oz. can of passata di pomodoro (tomato purée)
  • 1 onion, peeled and left whole
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 whole mozzarella, about 1/2 a pound
  • 3/4 cup of parmiggiano reggiano (the restaurant probably uses pecorino romano)
  • a few leaves of fresh basil
  • 1/2 lb of mezze maniche or any ribbed short pasta
  • small handful of salt for pasta water

Heat oil in a small pot over medium-high heat and add the onion. When the onion starts to sizzle add tomato purée, a pinch of salt and a few leaves of fresh basil, let simmer at a medium-low heat until the pasta is cooked. Discard the onion once the pasta is cooked.

Fill a large pot with water for the pasta. Bring to a boil over high heat.

While waiting for the pasta water to boil, grate the parmiggiano and cut up the mozzarella into small pieces. Cut a few basil leaves into thin strips.

Once the water starts to boil for the pasta add a small handful of salt to the water and bring to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. When the pasta is cooked, strain in a colander and pour back into the pot, add ladles of tomato sauce to the pot and mix into the pasta. You don’t need to do this over a flame, but the sauce should always be mixed into the pasta before it is plated.

Plate the pasta and add the mozzarella, parmiggiano and the strips of basil leaves and serve.


~ by italicious on November 11, 2008.

2 Responses to “Mezze Maniche alla Checca”

  1. Oh man that looks yummmyyy. Maybe I will try that. Looks easy enough!

  2. my mouth is watering. i am definitely trying this one!

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