Foriana Sauce

  • Serves

    makes 3 Half Pints


Savory and sweet, this rustic Mediterranean nut-and-raisin sauce is a staple on the Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, where it is traditionally tossed with pasta during Lent.


  • 12 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 14 cups walnut halves
  • 1 14 cups pine nuts
  • 1 14 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 34 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 cup golden raisins
  • 1 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Bring a 6-quart saucepan of water to a boil. Place 3 half-pint canning jars along with their bands and lids in the boiling water. After about 30 seconds, remove the lids from the water with tongs and transfer to a kitchen towel on the counter. After about 10 minutes, use tongs to transfer the jars and bands to the kitchen towel and let air-dry.

Step 2

In a food processor, pulse garlic until finely chopped. Add walnuts and pine nuts to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add oregano and pulse a few more times until just combined.

Step 3

Heat 1⁄4 cup of the olive oil in a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the walnut-pine nut mixture, raisins, salt, and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the nuts are lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. (The pine nuts will toast faster than the walnuts, so take care not to burn them.) Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool slightly.

Step 4

When the jars are dry but still hot, distribute the nut-and-raisin mixture evenly between the jars, tightly packing each one, leaving about 1" of space below each rim. Pour about 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil into each jar so that it seeps to the bottom and covers sauce by 1⁄2". Wipe the rims of the jars with a hot damp towel. Cover and seal each jar with a lid and screw the bands on tightly.

Step 5

The foriana sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 9 days. If using less than a full jar's worth of sauce in a preparation, top off the remaining sauce with a little more extra-virgin olive oil to cover by 1⁄2".

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