Here is a wonderfully fresh & tasty pasta meal using the Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera. Fresh herbs & tomatoes atop the Maccheroni makes for a healthy main dish at your next gathering.
At the end of the recipe you’ll find a few more fotos from the Marino kitchen where this meal was created for Formato Brothers.
- 1 pound dried pasta
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled & fine chopped
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves – coarse chopped
- 2 medium tomatoes – coarse chopped
- One bottle of Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera
Fresh ingredients & Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera
In a large pot, bring to a boil 6 quarts of salted water. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta in a colander, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta water. The reserved pasta water will help create the sauce. Do not rinse pasta with water — you want to retain the pasta’s natural starches so that the sauce will stick.
In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until light brown and fragrant. It’s important not too burn the garlic or else it will become bitter. Add the entire bottle of Formato Brothers Mild Giardiniera to the oil and garlic in the sauté pan. Add the red pepper flakes and sauté for 1 minute. Carefully add the reserved pasta water and stir to combine. Place the drained pasta back into the large pot along with the Mild Giardiniera sauce from the sauté pan and mix well for 1 minute. Heat briefly on low setting.
Remove the pot (that originally was used to cook the pasta) from low heat. Empty the combined pasta and sauce mixture onto a large serving platter, top with fresh herbs and chopped tomatoes.