Saturday, January 14, 2012

Grandma's Conchiglie and Piselli Italian Zuppa Recipe

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This is Italian Style Peas and Baby Shell Pasta, growing up this was another meal that was referred to as "depression day food". Economical, fed allot of us and today it's to me a rare find on any menu.  This meal continues to adorn our tables no matter what time period were in as long as I am alive. I will always remember the aroma of that garlic sauteed in oil coming home from school. Grandma lived with us, she made everything taste like it was a banquet feast.. this one takes no back seat. Now a must make during the cool chilly months, we will long live in her memory with these great recipe.
Thanks Grandma Victoria we love this one and miss your special love that went into every pot!
She was 92 here, my nieces Alicia, Pamela and Mary there to help celebrate in 1978.
This here was her last birthday photo R.I.P.
Thank goodness for modern day cooking! I know she wished to have a food processor in hand!
Happy cooking!

Peas and Pasta:

Place in food processor
3 cloves of cleaned garlic
1/2 cup fresh celery leaves
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Puree till a fine mixture.

In a large deep sauce pan, add the oil mixture on low heat, saute for 1 minutes,  next add:
2 (14 to 15 oz size) cans of pea's, saute pea's till starting to brown.

Add:
1/2 teaspoon each, parsley, basil, garlic powder, oregano
1 small can of tomato paste + fill can with white wine to stir out the leftover paste
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup water
2 cups of  fresh chopped whole tomatoes or  fresh plum tomatoes pureed in food processor
Cook until sauce thickens around 1 1/2 hours on  a simmerlow.

 Baby shell pasta:
Add  a 1 lb box of baby shell pasta to a pot of salted  boiling water. Boil till desired doneness.

Add the pasta to the sauce mix, serve with grated cheese.


That's me, Grandma and Aunt Mary, grandma's daughter...
 R.I.P. grandma and auntie,  I still miss you everyday!


13 comments:

Tina said...

This is a great way to get peas in the diet! I would have never thought of putting them into an italian dish. Perhaps that is why Grandma Victoria lived such a long life-squeezing in healthy ingredients to hearty dishes like this. Claudia-you have such a rich heritage! I am glad that you have retained so many treasured recipes like this and shared them with us. Enjoy the weekend. XOXO

Federica said...

Grandmothers' recipes never disappoint. This soup sound delicious. Bye bye, have a good week end

Claudia said...

It's interesting to me that now - the depression day diet is one of my favorite ways to eat. Not just economical but so comforting. Grandma knew best. Love the photos - especially the bonnets - remember bonnets?

Pam said...

This is good comfort food and good on the budget also. Grandma's are the best and I'm glad this dish has wonderful memories for you!

Lizzy said...

You are so lucky to have so many treasured family recipes! Thanks for sharing one of your grandma's best!

Kiri W. said...

This looks like a fantastic dish - I find peas to be not used to their full potential in many American dishes.
Your grandma sounds like a wonderful lady, and it's really amazing how many recipes your family seems to have kept over generations. I wish I had as many!

Greg said...

Amazing! Both the grandma and the recipe. She must have been a very special person to still inspire you over 30 years after she passed away.

anthony stemke said...

What a wonderful sentimental post, Your grandma was an exceptional person and so is this dish. I love peas anyway but I also liked the photos.
Thanks.

Reeni said...

Peas and pasta - such a comfort! Looking at your grandma reminds me so much of my own - I see such similarities!

Elisabeth said...

Peas and pasta, or peas and rice, have always been the ultimate comfort dish of all times!
So nice, that you have so many treasured memories of your family!
Grandmothers are so special...and never, ever, forgotten!
Love your yummy pasta dish:DDD

Catherine said...

Dear Claudia, Wonderful dish. I enjoyed this often as a little girl. Adorable photo of you. It is wonderful how memories warm our kitchens. Blessings my dear. Catherine xo

Belinda @zomppa said...

This classic is one never to be forgotten! These photos are simply lovely.

The Mom Chef said...

I love these handed down recipes that are tried-and-true and laced with love. It looks absolutely delicious.