Pastachuta, A Favorite Recipe of Bob Tallman.
That’s what Grandma called it!
In a medium size sauce pan, melt 1-2 cubes of butter on low to medium heat. Once butter is melted, add 1 chopped onion, 5-6 cloves of fresh, pressed garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low for about 20-25 minutes. While this is simmering, start a pot of water to boil pasta noodles. Any type of pasta can be used (she made her own noodles also). When water comes to a boil, add pasta and at the same time add one can of tomato sauce to the butter and onion mixture and continue to simmer on low heat. When pasta is soft to medium to the touch, remove from heat and rinse in hot water. Grandma would pull a noodle out of the pan, and toss with lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Remove sauce from heat, pour over noodles while still hot and lightly toss. Sprinkle more Parmesan on top, and serve.
“Grandma would set a big bowl on the table, stand behind us, and would tell us all, ‘buon appetito’ and ‘mangia’ which roughly translates to eat and enjoy your meal!”
Bob’s mother was born in Cavanago, Switzerland, a small village in the Swiss Alps and did not come to the US until she was a young woman. His mother and grandmother spoke only Swiss Italian and cooked all Italian food. This recipe came from Bob’s grandmother who never measured anything when she cooked. When we were first married I used to watch her cook all the time and tried to write down and remember as many of her recipes as I could, since she also never wrote anything down! This pasta recipe is a standby in our house for company and one of Bob’s very favorite meals!” KRISTEN TALLMAN ls!”