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David Rocco’s LA SALSA DI 5 MINUTI (10 Minute Basic Pasta Sauce)

David Rocco's La Salsa di 5 Minuti: Five Minute Sauce


This one is for Mom, she asked if I’d tried it and said it was great.  She was right! Of course, I just couldn’t follow the recipe exactly because it didn’t have enough garlic so I added a little more but otherwise followed the plan. Here’s the recipe for La Salsa Di 5 Minuti.  I don’t speak Italian but based on the name it seems like it should take 5 minutes, but it’s 10.  What more can you ask for on a weeknight – a small number of ingredients, 10 minutes (well more like 20 counting prep and if you add the rolls) and hardly any dishes. You can start your pasta cooking while you make the sauce.  If you have more time, you could add some sausage or meatballs but it was fine without. 



Onions and Garlic


Sauce Cooking


Final Step


I served it with my quick version of garlic knots (minus the knot) – home-baked (sort of) garlic rolls.  You can use refrigerated, frozen or bake-N-serve dinner rolls, baked according to the package directions.  As soon as you take them out of the oven, you smother them with :      

1/4 cup butter or good olive oil     

1 head freshly chopped garlic      

1 Tbs Italian Spice Mix      

2 Tbs grated Parmesan Cheese 

Put all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl or cup, preferably with a pour spout.  Microwave for 1 minute just as you take the rolls out of the oven.  Put the rolls in a bowl, pour the butter/oil mixture over them and toss them around in the bowl to cover.     

Smother the rolls with butter


Quick Garlic Rolls

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