Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gangster Spaghetti

I imagine Gangsters are dark, sly, secretive and sneaky.  They also probably smell like a dark old Italian restaurant in the heart of the red light district with lingering after notes of oak and red wine.  No, I do not have first hand knowledge of this.   What they are not, is simple, clean or complex.  This is where I come in.  And if you mix me and a “gangster” together this is what you get....
We call it “Gangster Spaghetti, it has an edge to it and because you will smell like a “gangster” after you eat it.  My kids love it.  Aqua Man loves it and would prefer it over chicken or some form of protein (this must be how he keeps his super hero body).  I like it over spaghetti, but my favorite is to get a giant loaf of warm French bread and scoop it right in to my mouth.  (Ed my personal trainer, if you are reading this, I did not do this today.)
I stole this recipe; modified it and feel justified because they did not appreciate how good it really is.  I must be part gangster.  *Me fantasizing about skin tight modern gangster cat burglar suit, rip hot body, and great over coat* 
Here is what you need:  
8 cloves of peeled and minced garlic
1 medium jar green olives, drain juice out
1 can whole black olives, drain juice out
2-3 tablespoons of capers (don’t freak out, their great in this, even my kids like them or if you are a “chicken” you can leave them out).
3 cans of diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons oregano
2 teaspoons Chili pepper flakes (or less if you don’t like a little edge)  
Saute peeled and minced garlic in enough olive oil just coating the bottom of your pan, until garlic is golden brown.  Chop all your olives and add to pan.  Saute for about 5-10 minutes.  Add capers, cans of diced tomatoes with the juice and oregano, bring to light boil and then simmer for 15 minutes.

Toss with favorite pasta; put in jars and give to your friends with loaf of bread or dry pasta (super cute gift);  top grilled chicken or fish; or as I do with most things shovel in to mouth with spoon. *Me still fantasizing about cat suit now with muffin top and stretchy Elastici Mom  bottom and her fabulous thigh high super hero boots*
Peace, Love and your favorite gangster....A


  1. Great post! Had me laughing, that's fo sho! YUM, too, I'm gonna try it...

  2. OMG, you post this delictible picture at 10:30 in the morning...when I have to ponder and drool about it all freakin day! I was (emphasis on was) going to "steer clear" of pasta for a while in order to accommodate my own desire not to look like the Michellen Man in my cat suit! So glad you shared though...really.

  3. A classic.... and of course Im talking about you .... :)