Posts Tagged ‘Pasta

27
Apr
08

Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Inspiration: Two of my favorite ingredients: Pasta & Sundried Tomatoes

Creation: Penne with Sundried Tomato Pesto

 

What:

  • 8 oz Penne
  • 1 Jar Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil (If unavailable use 1pkg Sundried Tomatoes): chopped
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil: Chopped (approx. 1/4 cup)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves: Minced
  • 1/2cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4cup Parmesan: fresh & grated + extra Parmesan for sprinkling on top (Amount depends upon pallet: I love Parmesan so I may use more…personal preference!)

How:

  • Bring large pot of water to boil: Salt
  • Add Penne boil 8-9 minutes: Al dente’ – Reserve 1/4 cup salted pasta water
  • In food processor: blend sundried tomatoes, basil, garlic & parmesan until well chopped & mixed
  • Add olive oil & pulse until well combined: pesto will be a bit chunky which is good for texture

Plate Up:

  • Pour Pesto into large bowl
  • Top Pesto with Penne & 1/4 cup pasta water to help create sauce
  • Toss
  • Sprinkle with desired amount of Parmesan
  • Serve

Simple creation & superb combination! What better combination can one create than sundried tomato, basil & garlic?!? If you love tomato based sauce this is an easy & elegant way to prepare sauce for pasta.

Ciao’

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11
Apr
08

Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Penne w/ Lemon Ricotta Sauce

Inspiration: Left over Artichoke from Artichoke & Tomato Panzanella

Creation: Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Penne with Lemon Ricotta Sauce

 

What: Serving One

  • 4 oz Penne
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: enough to coat saute pan
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 8 Sundried Tomatoes: Sliced & Cut in Half
  • 1/2 cup Artichoke
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan: Fresh & Grated
  • 1 Lemon: Zest & Juice
  • 1tsp Basil: Fresh & Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

How:

  • Bring pot of water to boil & then salt
  • Add Penne: al dente
  • Heat Saute Pan on Medium Heat
  • Once hot: Coat pan with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Saute Garlic: 1 minute just fragrant
  • Add Sundried Tomatoes & Artichoke: Saute 5 minutes
  • Reduce Heat: Low-Medium
  • Stir in: Lemon Juice & Zest, Ricotta & Parmesan: Simmer while Penne finishes cooking
  • Add Penne directly from water to the sauce
  • Toss

Plate Up:

  • Pour pasta in serving dish
  • Sprinkle Parmesan & Basil

If you love artichoke as I do…Artichoke & Sundried Tomato Penne w/ Lemon Ricotta Sauce will soon be a definite favorite!

Simply divine

Ciao’

14
Mar
08

Comfort Food: Mac & Cheese

Inspiration: Ooey Gooey Goodness….Creamy Mac & Cheese

Creation: White Cheddar & Parmesan Mac & Cheese

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Preheat 375

Butter sides of medium baking dish 

What:

Bechamel Sauce

  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Pasta

  • 16 oz box macaroni pasta
  • Kosher Salt

Cheese

  • 3 cups White Cheddar – grated
  • 2 cups Parmesan – grated

Topping

  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan – finely grated

How:

Bechamel Sauce         

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  • Melt butter in saute pan
  • Whisk in flour quickly until absorbed
  • Reduce heat to medium
  • Slowly pour milk – whisking vigorously
  • Continue whisking – sauce will thicken
  • Reduce heat to low
  • Add salt, pepper & nutmeg – keep warm

Pasta

  • Bring 1/2 large pot water to boil
  • Handful salt to water
  • Add macaroni noodles – boil 8-9 minutes
  • Drain – NOT rinse

Mac & Cheese

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  • Pour cooked pasta into large bowl
  • Pour Bechamel Sauce over – mix well
  • Add White Cheddar & Parmesan – mix well
  • Pour mixture into baking dish
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs & Parmesan
  • Bake 35-40 minutes – till bubbly & crumbs are brown

Process sounds intense….but it’s so simple & definitely worth every creamy bite!

Ciao’

13
Mar
08

Angel Hair Pasta di Lemon

Craving: Pasta, Lemon Sauce & Garlic

Creation: Angel Hair Pasta di Lemon

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What:

  • 1 lb box angel hair pasta
  • 3 garlic cloves – minced
  • 1 TBSP butter
  • 1 (8 oz) tub sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan – freshly grated
  • 1 TBSP milk
  • 1 3/4 tsp. lemon pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Lemon – zest
  • 1/2 Lemon – juice
  • 2 TBSP parsley – chopped
  • 2 TBSP chives – chopped

How:

  • Melt butter medium high heat in saute pan
  • Add garlic – cook just a minute to bring out flavor
  • Stir – Sour Cream, Parmesan, Milk, Lemon Pepper, Salt, Lemon Juice, & Lemon Zest
  • Reduce heat & let simmer

Angel Hair Pasta 

  • Bring 1/2 large pot of water to boil
  • Salt water with good handful Kosher Salt
  • Add pasta cook – 8-9 minutes

Serve:

  • Drain Pasta – NO rinse – Keep the salt on the pasta
  • Place in large serving bowl
  • Pour Lemon Sauce over and toss with tongs
  • Sprinkle with parsley, chives & extra Parmesan

Bon Appe’tit!

Ciao’