Bev mentioned the other day that she’d like to have pasta with a light sauce and fresh ingredients rather than a cooked red or white sauce. Since I had seen several lately on the blogs I read, I told her I’d check them out and shortly thereafter, I got a message to shut my computer down immediately due to a cooling problem.
I suggested we just wing it and after some consultation, Bev headed for the kitchen to see what she could come up with – she does much better at winging it than I do. Since this was as good a pasta dish as I’ve ever had (and I’ve eaten a lot of them), we tried to write down the recipe, but it’s all an estimate.
¼ cup Olive oil
5 garlic gloves, minced
2 green onion, sliced white and green parts
8 paste tomatoes, ½’ dice
20 basil leaves, chiffonade
4 sprigs oregano, 3-4” each, leaves removes and chopped
2” sprig of rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
Dozen or so olives of choice, sliced – she used kalamata
Parmesan to taste – we used quite a bit.
1. Put the pasta water on to boil and prep your ingredients.
2. Cook ½ pound of your favorite pasta in salted water al dente.
3. While the pasta is cooking, add olive oil, garlic, and green onion to a sauté pan over med low heat to get it warm and soften the veggies a little.
4. When the pasta is done, drain and add to the sauté pan along with the remaining ingredients and toss.
5. Plate and add S&P to taste, a little more parmesan and basil, and tell your mouth to get ready for a flavor explosion.
If you haven’t had a similar dish and never make another dish from this blog, you really owe yourself this one while the fresh ingredients are still around. Along with the Chicken Marsala, this is two home run meals in a row for Bev – I’m thinking I should confine myself to the grill and smoker and stay out of the kitchen. Thanks to those of you who inspired us to try it.
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