If you have followed this blog for the past few months you’ll know I spent some time in Tuscany last December at wine estate Fattoria di Corsignano. I can’t say enough good things about this place! You can find a few of those good things in my blog post about the trip.
Here’s the dining room that greeted us each evening:
You may also remember that my friend Cyndie and I took cooking lessons at the estate. One of the dishes we learned to make was a meatless pasta sauce with red wine and tomatoes that surprised us with how good it was!
This meatless pasta sauce is named “Sugo Finto” in their cookbook, which translates as “Fake Sauce”. I’m here to tell you there is nothing fake about this sauce! It’s quick and easy and vegetarian with no animal products at all. It has a rich texture, a deep flavor and you won’t miss the meat one single bit.
Our instructor was Andreas, one of the sweetest people we’ve ever met. And wow does he cook! Here he is adding just the right amount of salt to the diced celery, carrots and onions to start off the sauce:
After that cooked down, Andreas added some red wine from the estate:
Lest you think Cyndie and I weren’t doing our share, we were stirring in between taking pictures!
The sauce was served over a pasta called Pizzicotti that we also learned how to make. It looks a lot like gnocchi but is made with flour. Andreas finished it with freshly grated Parmesan. This pasta course is so popular at Fattoria di Corsignano that they’ve named it Pizzicotti di Corsignano.
Aside from the personal treatment of the staff, the owners themselves were available and welcoming. Here they are, Elena and Mario, chatting us up while we enjoyed our dinner and their delicious wines:
I’m more than happy to report that, because I’ve raved about this place so much, at least one person I know has booked a family vacation there. If you go, tell them I sent ya!
Here is the recipe:
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