Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Pasta makes me happy!

I found this new sprouted wheat papardelle at Trader Joe's (not a day goes by without my revelling in the glory of that store!) the other day - and it looked curious enough to try out. Hmm ... hearty pasta with a nutty flavor ... I wasn't quite sure what kind of sauce that warranted - I finally just tossed the pasta with some extra virgin olive oil and added a simple artichoke garlic sauce seasoned with a generous helping of red pepper flakes. The artichoke tasted pretty good with the pasta, but I think I can do better here. The nuttiness warrants a tarter sauce - maybe a spicy marinara or even just a balsamic vinegar reduction.

The pasta ended up looking pretty boring, resulting in this almost monochromatic picture!

The pasta was decent, but the tomato salad that went with it was mucho fabuloso! I can't wait to make this again :)

Tomato Bread Salad

1 lb of sugar plum tomatoes - halved (it doesn't take that long :))
10-12 basil leaves - shredded
1/2 red onion - sliced thin
2 olive rolls (from the amazing Trader Joe's)

Cut the olive rolls into this slices and soak them in a shallow bowl of water for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, lightly saute the onions and toss them with the tomatoes and basil. Squeeze most of the water out of the rolls and shred the slices into bite size pieces. Toss these along with the tomato mix in 1 T olive oil + moscato vinegar + kosher salt + pepper. Love it!

1 comment:

DreamToo said...

This reminds me of all the times we spent in your kitchen just talking food and chugging wine.

Also makes me think of Fall - not sure why...

The tomato salad looks yummy - I'll try it here:).