Let’s get cookin’!


Sugo…a.k.a. Pasta Sauce~

Ciao Tutti!

I thought I’d post a little online cooking tutorial for you to enjoy. It is broken into two parts—the original recording was too big to load it all as one.

The recipe is from my soon-to-be released book Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family, which has an anticipated online presale date of June 1, 2010 and a release date of September 1, 2010. Soon!

You might be thinking, “Mark, it is so much easier to just open a jar of pre-made pasta sauce from the store.” On some basic level that might be true, but why not take the extra five minutes to make a much fresher, healthier, and better tasting sauce?

I hope this will show you how easy and rewarding it is to make sauce for 1 pound of pasta. And better yet, I hope it will encourage you to cook for someone you love—including yourself!

Buon appetito~


*The book’s website is still under construction, but you can add your name to the e-mail list which will notify you when the site goes active…meaning you’ll be able to BUY the book, Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family.

About the Author

Mark LeslieMark Leslie, seen cooking on NBC’s "The Today Show" and Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family," loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, vacations in Italy every year, and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him. His first book, “Beyond the Pasta: Recipes, Language & Life with an Italian Family,” tells of his life in Italy while cooking with an Italian grandmother. He shares his food experiences on his blog at www.beyondthepasta.com and has taught cooking classes in California, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas, and across Alabama. While judging for high school culinary events, he was chosen by the US Department of Education to judge for their "National Education Startup Challenge." Mark can be regularly seen cooking on NBC-affiliate, WSFA-TV 12's "Alabama Live! each Friday, bringing easy, locally sourced recipes to central Alabama. His iTunes app “Beyond the Pasta” features helpful videos and more of Nonna’s family-style recipes that she shared with him, plus, upon its release, it was named “New & Noteworthy” by Apple. DaVinci Wines chose Mark as their "2012 Storyteller" in Language Arts—where they sent him to Vinci, Italy, to write about wine, food and life. Mark, his home and book have been featured in such national publications and blogs as House Beautiful, Paula Deen, Food Republic, The Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Field & Stream, and The Daily Meal. A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 24 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta. Buonissimo!View all posts by Mark Leslie →

  1. Kris KendrickKris Kendrick04-27-2010

    Marco – you are a natural! And the mirror is fabulous for this!

  2. nancynancy06-01-2010

    you have the most beautiful kitchen in the world!! I found your site linked from “Decorno”, a lovely decorating blog…anyway, I think you have the most lovely kitchen I’ve ever seen. Your blog is equally lovely and I wish you much success on your upcoming book. Cheers!

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