“Chocolate, the ‘food of the gods,’ conquered not just the candy shop, but also the kitchen.” – Riccardo Magni
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Are you a chocolate lover? I sure am. I have the added benefit of living in a part of New Jersey that is home to one of the world’s most famous chocolate makers. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the aroma of chocolate to blanket the entire town well into the wee hours of the morning. Since chocolate is literally in the air here – the constant reminder of it has inspired me to go beyond the sweet, dessert-like, recipes to create something savory with all the feel-good comforts that Winter beckons.
Today I’m sharing a family favorite, Rigatoni with Dark Cocoa + Short Rib Ragu. If you’ve never added dark cocoa to your savory tomato and wine-based recipes, you are in for a real treat!
Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a chocolate-y or sweet pasta dish, it’s absolutely not. Not even close. Savory and enchanting? Absolutely.