La Ricetta Della Settimana

Any fried rice recipe is the perfect choice for a last minute meal. You do need cold cooked rice, however, so if you’re on your way home craving fried rice, stop off at a Chinese take-out store. Instead of buying a meal packed with sodium and MSG, just buy the rice, go home, and make yourself this healthy dish in minutes.


– 1 pound (500 g) pasta snails
– 4 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
– A red bell pepper
– 2 tablespoons salted capers, rinsed
– An onion, sliced
– 20 black olives, pitted
– 4 basil leaves
– 1 teaspoon oregano
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste


Begin making the sauce by washing the pepper, and boiling it for ten minutes. Drain it, seed and rib it, and dice it.

Meanwhile, mince the onion, and saute’ it in the olive oil, in a large skillet. When the onion has browned, stir in the peppers, tomatoes, capers, oregano, and olives. Reduce the heat and simmer the sauce for about 20 minutes.

While the sauce is simmering, bring pasta water to a boil, salt it, and cook the pasta until it is barely al dente.

Drain the pasta, turn it into the skillet, and toss it over high heat in the sauce until it is done, a minute or so.


This will work nicely as a first course, or with a tossed salad. The wine? I’d be tempted by an Est! Est! Est! from Montefiascone.

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