Melissa’s spicy sopressata pasta

Sopressata pasta

I’ve been waiting as long as I could to write about this dish… finally it’s November. You see, Melissa Clark’s new cookbook, Cook This Now, is smartly organized by month. Seasonal books are nice, but “summer” is a little vague. A chapter of all November recipes is just what I need. The right ingredients and the right kind of cooking. Of course I fell in love with the November recipes while it was still October, but that’s another story. If you read my blog every now and then, you might already know I’m a pasta addict. This recipe for Pasta with Spicy Salami Tomato Sauce had my name all over it.

tomato sauce

It starts out like a lot of my favorite recipes, with sauteed onion and garlic, then some canned San Marzano tomatoes.

tomato sauce

After a bit of cooking, you get something like this. It looks pretty tasty, but it’s a bit too chunky to call it a sauce yet.

KitchenAid hand blender

That’s where my new toy came to the rescue. The folks over at KitchenAid invited me to an event in New York City to check out their newest food processor and stand mixer recently, and they sent me home with this amazing hand blender. Three speeds, a multitude of removable attachments which makes for very easy cleaning, cool styling — if you saw my junky, old plastic hand blender which had a big crack in the side (from a brand we won’t mention), you’d know why I’m so excited about this new KitchenAid model.

tomato sauce

Melissa’s recipe called for putting the tomato mixture through a food mill, but I think my new KitchenAid hand blender got the job done flawlessly. Just look at that texture.

Sopressata pasta

Next you saute some sopressata. This is where the recipe gets interesting because this variety of salami packs a little punch. She says to cut it into “batons.” Hmm, my pieces are a little more random than that, but it doesn’t matter much. Eventually you mix up the sopressata with cooked whole wheat pasta (or farro pasta) and the pureed tomato sauce.

Sopressata pasta

This is a hearty dish, perfect for when the weather is turning cold and for anyone who likes their pasta on the meaty side. Oops, she calls for serving it with some fresh mint, but I couldn’t find any at the market (weird, I know…), but it was still really satisfying. Now I have to find time to make the rest of those yummy November recipes.

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10 Responses to Melissa’s spicy sopressata pasta

  1. This recipe looks delicious! I, too, have the Cuisinart and love making soups with it! So much easier than transferring and making a mess in a food processor or blender:)

  2. Mina says:

    this recipe is totally up my alley–can’t wait to make it, thanks for posting!

  3. I’m all over this! I’ve been on a Sopressata kick for weeks (in fact, posted a recipe just today). Someone recently suggested to me the notion of cooking with salami where you might otherwise go for bacon or prosciutto. I think this pasta recipe is an example of that idea – I can’t wait to try it.

  4. I love using an immersion blender for soups :) Best investment ever. As for this recipe, this post alone had me run to amazon to purchase the book. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the recipes.

  5. oh man would I love this. i would totally eat the leftovers cold!
    i might need a bottle of Tums but hey it’s soooo worth it!!

  6. Winnie says:

    Looks like a great recipe Justin. I really love Melissa’s book!

  7. I have made Sopressata in a sauce before. This looks delcious and I will be trying it soon. I have some in my fridge and yes, I am a pasta addict too.

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  9. Catherine says:

    Hello Justin, There is nothing like a good tomato sauce!! Blessings, Catherine

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