Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fettuccini with Meat Sauce & Herb Focaccia Bread

My friend, Lucy, of Sweets, Savories, etc recently posted her homemade meat sauce on her blog, and I have had a craving ever since. Well today I satisfied that craving, let me tell you her sauce is excellente! I used ground Italian sausage instead of beef. And what is pasta without bread to sop up all that good sauce? This Herb Focaccia bread made a perfect partner for this pasta dish.

This dish is my entry to the foodie event being hosted by Helen of Tartelette "DMBLGIT" for June 08'.

Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

A large, flat Italian bread that is topped with olive oil, thyme, rosemary and basil.

3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 pkg. yeast
1 cup warm water
2 Tbsp. oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 to 4 Tbsp. olive oil
Dried Herbs

Grease a deep dish pizza pan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in remaining flour, and stir till dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Using dough hook, knead for 5 minutes. Cover bowl with towel and let rest for 10 minutes.

Place dough in greased pan, press into a circle. Cover loosely and let rise in warm place until double in bulk, about 30 minutes.

With fingers, poke holes in dough. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle herbs over top.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.


OhioMom said...

LOL Lucy ... you have to stop doing this, you delete your mistakes before I can answer you :)

I will pretend you are still here ... I used the Muir Glen tomatoes I had, and OMG the food critic and food critic "jr" loved it !! Remember this is the same food critic that says he does not like red sauce.

The bread was a big hit too ... they ate half of it with the pasta:)

Lucy said...

Sorry, the gremlins got me again!!!

Your pasta looks great!! I'll change out the beef w/sausage, we enjoy with either... and so glad you did too! Your focaccia, bet it tasted just as good as looks..yummo!!

OhioMom said...

LOL ... I answered the gremlin :) I will never use a store-bought pasta sauce again, this was so easy and soooooo good

Lucy said...

It's amazing that in less than 1 hr, the flavor that this develops, all I can say is, YUM! And.. I used to make a sauce that would take hours!! Which is great, but I don't have the time ;-)

Priscilla said...

Okay this is one good looking, yummy tasting dinner! Italian sausage is better any day than ground beef in pasta dishes. That Italian bread also is calling out to me!

OhioMom said...

Hi Priscilla

Be sure to check out Lucy's blog for her Sausage, Tomato and Cream sauce :)

This simple sauce has the most wonderful flavor.

The focaccia bread is also very simple to make, and my food critic loves it:)