Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Giveaway for National Pasta Day

October 17 is National Pasta Day and I'm a little late posting! Not to worry it's pasta week in North America. 
Leave me a comment and I will pick one winner on October 24. GOOD LUCK!! I hope you win. I know I would love to win this!!!   

In honor of this *delicious* day, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York City has offered me this giveaway.  One of my readers will receive two of Patsy’s famous pasta sauces and a copy of their latest cookbook. 

Fra Diavolo Sauce - Spicy! Plump fresh tomatoes simmered to a delicate fiery finish with fresh garlic, parsley, onions, crushed red
 pepper and a hint of fresh-picked basil.        

Vodka Sauce- A distinctive and elegant tomato sauce. It's made without garlic, and instead accented with vodka and imported spices. The addition of heavy cream gives it a velvety, smooth texture.   

Patsy’s Italian Family Cookbook- A big, warm, beautiful Italian cookbook with full color throughout, Patsy's Italian Family Cookbook is a great book for those who know the restaurant, and the nationally distributed sauce and pasta line, but also for those who love classic Italian. All recipes are passed down family recipes.

I'm also including a recipe for Spaghetti and Veal Meatballs (Frank Sinatra's favorite dish).  
Makes 4 to 6 Servings
I have often heard that Patsy’s has the best meatballs in New York. These tasty icons of Italian-American cuisine do have a secret ingredient: ground veal, which has more natural gelatin than ground beef or pork, and provides extra moisture.

1 ½ pounds ground veal
⅓ cup plain dried bread crumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of dried oregano

2 cups olive oil, for frying
1 pound spaghetti
4 cups tomato sauce
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving

1.  To make the meatballs: Combine the veal, bread crumbs, eggs, Pecorino Romano, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and oregano in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix them together thoroughly. Roll into 12 meatballs and transfer to a plate.

2.    Line a platter or baking sheet with paper towels and place near the stove. Heat the oil in a large deep skillet and heat over high heat until the oil is shimmering (350° F on a deep-frying thermometer). Working in batches, without crowding, carefully add the meatballs and fry, turning occasionally, until they are nicely browned, 4-5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to the paper towels. Reheat the oil to shimmering before adding each batch.

3.    Meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

4.   Bring the tomato sauce to simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the meatballs and reduced the heat to medium-low. Cover the saucepan and simmer until the meatballs are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. 

5.   When the meatballs are added to the sauce, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to the package directions until al dente. Drain the spaghetti and return it to its cooking pot. Add about half of the tomato sauce and mix well. Divide the pasta and meatballs among pasta bowls and top with the remaining sauce. Serve hot with the Parmigiano-Reggiano passed on the side.
I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday. Happy Pasta Day! We should get the day off from work to make some homemade pasta. 

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. I am bowing out of course because usually Canada is excluded..But I applaud your doing it w/ out the pics!! Kudos!
    Any meatballs w/ cheese..especially pecorino..the saltiness ♥

    1. Monique, I will ask if they ship to Canada. Any meatballs with cheese are favorites here :-)

  2. Ah! I am making room in my kitchen right now for this prize haha....how wonderful. Over the past few weeks I have decided that I want to become a better chef, so I've been making new recipes and experimenting with different things. The Fra Diavolo sauce in particular sounds incredible and something my entire family would go nuts for!

  3. Yum! Debbie, thank you for the opportunity to win this cookbook! Who doesn't love Italian?! I remember soaking up bread when my mom's sauce was simmering on the stove! :)

  4. What a generous giveaway from Patsy's via your blog, Debbie! Italian food is always a favorite around here and perfect comfort food. Thanks for the opportunity to win...I'm crossing my fingers!

  5. I have always thought I must have some Italian in me - I could live on pasta and it's my favorite "go to " meal - so, count me in on your giveaway!!

  6. Your veal meatball recipe looks delicious! I can't wait to try it! Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity!!

  7. Yummy gift! We love Italian here! I'd say my in house chef makes some type of pasta dish every week. He would love this! If I win I might just save it for his Christmas stocking. Ha! Ha!

  8. Oh I didn't know about NPD but we love pasta here, especially Jim, and it was his b'day too! Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win!

  9. Oh yum, I would love to try it, sounds delish!! My hubby is Italian so I'm sure he would appreciate this prize pack ;) Thanks for the chance!

  10. Pasta is just a healthy and filling dinner option, is is also one of the most economical foods you can buy. We eat pasta at least twice a week.

  11. Great giveaway Deb. We love pasta here in our home. It's fun to try different things. Thanks for the recipe and chance. How special this is...something to try for sure. xo

  12. What a wonderful giveaway, Debbie! I know I would love this cookbook and all the wonderful pasta recipes. Wish we lived closer to try Patsy's Restaurant! Fall is when I really start to crave hearty pasta dishes. Even if I don't win, I'm happy to have the recipe for those wonderful veal meatballs that Frank loved :) Thank you, Debbie!

  13. I love "spicy," so the Fra Diavolo Sauce would be something I'd love to try! Thanks.
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  14. Love to try the products.Thanks for the recipe. mandaoverturf at yahoo dot com


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