Him, in the Kitchen

When my husband and I first met, he wouldn’t let me in his kitchen. He grew up in a home where his father did all the cooking, and he firmly believed that I would “do it wrong” and “mess up his system.” He was probably right. Our cooking styles are dramatically different. For him, consistency is actually important, and he can, and in fact must, follow a recipe. Deviation is not permitted, or the end result will not be perfect. My tack is a little more loose. OK, it’s completely loose, so loose it threatens to fall off and roll down the street. Yet, remarkably, we both can crank out some fabulous meals.

Times have changed since those first couple of years… nine years later, I’m more than welcome in the kitchen… just as long as he isn’t in there cooking already. And that means I get to be in the kitchen whenever I want. This weekend though, Cam got the itch to make his family pasta sauce and I was once again banned as he pulled together an amazing meal of fettucini, Italian sausage and salad. This was no small effort on his part. The really impressive part was at the same time he was cooking, he built me two new kitchen islands to house my growing foodography supplies!

My New Kitchen Island

And if that isn’t amazing enough, the kitchen was pretty much spotless by the time we sat down to dinner. A girl could get used to this. Perhaps there is something to this “system” thing…

Anyway, this sauce is the real deal… rich and meaty, slow cooked all day filling the house with unbelievably tempting aromas. Here’s the original recipe, looking a bit on the tattered side:

Not-So-Secret Ferroni Pasta Sauce recipe


The not-so-secret Ferroni Tomato Pasta Sauce recipe

Serves hundreds (only a slight exaggeration…)

2 large cans whole, pealed Italian tomatoes (like San Marazano)
1 13oz. can tomato paste
1 t sugar
1 T basil
3/4 T oregano
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
1/8 t black pepper
1 celery stalk
1/2 T salt

2 packs short ribs (or veal shoulders)
1 onion, chopped
4 T olive oil
black pepper
garlic powder
1 T basil
1 T oregano

Blend the tomatoes until smooth. Add to a large, heavy pot on medium high heat. (I really recommend the Le Creuset French Ovens… and they happen to be on a huge sale on some of the colors at Amazon.) Add in the tomato paste. Fill the tomato paste can with water, and add to the pot, mixing to combine. Add the sugar, basil, oregano, garlic, bay leaves, pepper, celery and salt. Bring to a boil.

In the mean time, in a large skillet, brown the spare ribs with the olive oil, onion, pepper, garlic powder and remaining basil and oregano. When brown, add the whole mixture to the sauce. Simmer for about 3 hours.

To serve, add a large spoonful of sauce to a large bowl. Add the cooked pasta, and mix. Add sauce a spoonful at a time and mix until distributed, until you have enough. Remove the short ribs, from the sauce, and serve along side the pasta (the meat will be so tender that it will be falling off the bones, so remove carefully).

Not So Secret Ferroni Pasta Recipe

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  • http://www.beaskitchen.com/blog Bea at La Tartine Gourmande

    Lovely post. It is nice to hear and read about the “Him” in the kitchen. You are lucky since on my end I more frequently hear “Why would I do it since you do it better anyway”. My “Him” just does not get it this way, but luckily does many other things I don’t,as much, such as clean the mess! ;-)

  • http://www.viciousange.blogspot.com Ange

    Your site is greats & the photos are gorgeous, will have to keep looking you up

  • http://www.cookandeat.com/ L

    Bea – Yes, I am definitely lucky… although I am the one that always seems to clean up the mess in the kitchen whether I cook or not. The good news is that he doesn’t make much mess. I don’t understand how he does that!

    Ange – Thanks so much for stopping in!

  • Tiffany

    I just came across this, and the recipe sounds amazing. One question: are the basil and oregano amounts (in both parts of the recipe) for dried or fresh herbs?
    Great website — I’ll add it to my bookmarks!

  • http://web.mac.com/tannajones Tanna

    You are so lucky to have a him that goes in the kitchen!
    I am so happy to be able to scan the few handwritten recipes from my mom, aunts and grandmother. I think they are such treasures!
    Yours is a remarkable web site!