Pasta Il Pompiere

(That's Italian for "firefighter")

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2007

This recipe was served the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, by Joseph Bonanno to the members of Ladder 3 for a Ronzoni Firefighter Cook-Off live-TV appearance. Says Bonnano, "Twelve firefighters of Ladder 3 were lost in the World Trade Center disaster. This recipe is named in honor of them, may God rest their brave souls."

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

6 cloves garlic, peeled and

sliced thin

6-8 ripe plum tomatoes,


1/2 teaspoon salt

1 bunch fresh arugula

1/2 pound fresh mozzarella

cheese, cut into dice sized


1 pound penne pasta

Parmesan cheese to taste

Dried red pepper flakes

Heat oil to medium. Add garlic and saut until just before golden, do not burn. Pour into large bowl.

In another bowl, toss tomatoes with salt. Cut arugula into strips and toss most with tomatoes, saving some to top dish before serving.

Mix together with oil, garlic, greens and tomatoes.

Cook pasta according to directions. Drain pasta and immediately, while pasta is hot, mix all ingredients with hot pasta.

Toss well to melt cheese, sprinkle top with remaining arugula and red pepper flakes. Serves 4-6.

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