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Apr 11, 2005 12:16 PM

Marcella Hazan: three great recipies, two great results

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Tomato Sauce with Onions and Butter

Chowhounds told me this sauce is so great they skip the pasta and just eat it as soup. I can understand why. This sauce is so rich, so delicious, absolutely
decadent....I know marcella wouldn't approve (niether would some Chowhounds) but we have used it as a sauce on our homemade pizzas and it's wonderful. Another great thing about this recipe is how simple it is, it does use quite a bit of butter but the butter is key...don't be afraid.

Green Beans W/Yellow Peppers Tomatoes and Chilli Pepper

WOW! This is a wonderful dish, we were not big fans of green beans before this recipe but we are now. I am usually afraid of overcooking my veggies so I was afraid that cooking them for 30 minutes was way too long. I was wrong , they were great, easily the best green beans I have ever had.

Granateed Cauliflower with Bechamel Sauce

.Ok, I screwed this one up... I admit it, it's not Marcellas fault. I Didn't salt the Bechamel because I had already salted the Cauliflower (I was born with a heart condition so my mother never salted my food. Therefore my sensitivity to salt is very high) the result was, well bland. I added salt at the table, but it would have been much better if I had just listened to what Marcella Says.

More reports to come...

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  1. Kristine -- which book are these recipes from? I'm trying to decide which of her books to invest in.

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    1. re: Terrie H.

      They are from Essentials of Italian cooking, and I highly reccomend it, The recipes are simple and straightforward. The ingredients are usually kept to a minimum and are easy to find. Every recipe has turned out so far. When I first got the book I asked the other Chowhounds for advice on where to start. I got a ton of responses, all of wich highly praised her as well as Essentials.

      1. re: Kristine

        essentials is the revised version of her first books - I and II. there are additional recipes and original ones were generally revised to have less fat etc.......but one should also continue the exploration with her other books. i have them all and love them all and remain a devoted fan.

      2. re: Terrie H.

        All three recipes also seem to be in The Classic Italian Cookbook that I own in paperback. The tomato-butter sauce is entitled Tomato Sauce III. I haven't seen the version in Essentials to verify quantities, but they seem to match.