Cheesy Italian Pasta Shuta Recipe (Pasta Asciutta)

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Geeg and Ange Toscano's Top Secret Pasta Shuta Recipe (Pasta Ascuitta) finally revealed! Bursting with flavor, this authentic cheesy Italian pasta recipe is a classic. It's one of many Secret Italian Family Recipes and soon to be shared in my upcoming cookbook "Romano/Toscano Top Secret Recipes "

The correct name for this old fashioned Italian dish is Pasta Asciutta. Many people do not know the correct spelling or pronunciation of this classic Italian cheese, pasta and tomato sauce recipe. I had to do some research to find correct spelling myself. Lol. This explains why I am calling it Pasta Shuta, so people can find it a little easier.

Feel free to choose from a list of pastas such as Penne, Fusilli, Mini shells, Tubetti, or Macaroni. Any of these choices will suffice to make this a yummy comfort food. Serve with a crispy Italian Salad mixed with a simple virgin olive oil, oregano and lemon dressing.

Children, and (the children at heart) of all ages will love to eat this fabulous Cheesy Italian Pasta Shuta Recipe!!

Note: Any type of sauce can be used with this recipe. Choose from a basic tomato sauce or a meat sauce. Making pasta Shuta is a great way to use up left over sauce.

Pasta Shuta Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 12 chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 - 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 3 tomato paste cans of water
  • 1 - 28 oz can Italian plumb tomatoes, blended or chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 cups medium shells or Penne pasta noodles (will yield about 5 cups when cooked)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 - 1/2 cups grated 4 Italian cheese blend (I use this, can be found at most grocery stores)
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
OR
  • 1 - 1/2 cups mozzarella and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, torn or Italian parsley, chopped
Preparation:
  1. In a large sauce pot, fry chicken wings in oil.
  2. Add onions, garlic and red pepper flakes, saute until onions are soft carefully so not to burn garlic.
  3. Stir fry in tomato paste, fry for 2 minutes, add tomato paste cas of water.
  4. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper and Rosemary sprigs.
  5. Simmer partially for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove Rosemary sprigs.
  7. Boil pasta until el dente. (unless of course you like mushy pasta! lol.)
  8. Drain pasta thoroughly, then stir in butter
  9. Add 4 cups of sauce. (You can add more or less depending on how juicey you want it, pasta soaks up sauce.)
  10. Stir in fresh basil or parsley.
  11. Stir in cheese and let set until cheese melts.

Prep time: 30 min.
Cook time: 50 min.
Serves: 6
Live Long and Mangia!

Health Benefits of this Pasta Shuta Recipe: Garlic lowers cholesterol levels and blood sugar which helps prevent heart attack and stroke. When crushed, raw cloves releases allicin, which has been shown to be a more potent antibiotic than penicillin and tetracycline.

Tomatoes: Studies have found that eating tomatoes regularly can cut down the risk of prostate cancer in men. Tomatoes are packed full of vitamins including A,C, and E. They also contain flavonoids (natural anti-inflammatories), mineral salts and potassium. Much of the attention focused on tomatoes has been due to the antioxidant lycopene, which helps to mop up damaging free radicals in the body that can harm our cells.

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