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Pastas (17)

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

VT Pasta Linguine Three Ways

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VT Pasta Linguine Three Ways


Of course there are endless ways to dress up your VT Pasta linguine. The sauce will likely take you longer to make than the pasta itself, so with this lovely fresh pasta have everything else ready before dropping the pasta in the pot. To cook the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then put in the thawed or frozen pasta. Bring the water back to a boil for 1-2 minutes. Then immediately drain the pasta, transfer back to the cooking pot, stir in your chosen additions, and serve.
1. Butter and Parmesan - For simplicity, to let the pasta flavor shine through, this is the way to go. After draining the pasta, simply transfer to a bowl and add a knob of butter and some shaved parmesan.

2. Sundried Tomato, Olive and Garlic
Put a TB or so of olive oil in a pan and add 10 -20 chopped kalamata olives, a few chopped sundried tomatoes and 2-3 cloves of minced garlic (and a sprinkling of crushed red pepper if you want some spice). Heat gently til fragrant. Remove from heat and add to pasta coating the pasta well (add a bit more olive oil if necessary). Finish off with some grated parmesan and serve.

3. Butternut Squash Sauce and Braising Greens over Linguine
1-2 TB butter or oil
half a small onion, sliced thin
pinch of sugar
1-2 cloves of garlic
a few leaves of sage
2 cups of squash puree
1/4 cup braising greens

For this one, saute a small onion in the pan in a TB or two of butter or olive oil with a pinch of sugar til very soft. Add in 3 cloves of minced garlic and a few leaves of sage if you have them in the last several minutes, and do not let the garlic brown. Add 2-3 cups of squash puree plus 1/4 bag of braising greens and heat through. Finally, add 1/2 cup of parmesan to the sauce. Taste to adjust seasonings and then combine with your pasta. Add more grated parm t finish the dish if you like.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Linguine with Garlic and Oil

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Linguine with Garlic and Oil


With this one, olive oil is the primary flavor, so use a good quality oil. Be careful not to overcook the garlic. There are times when an oil-based sauce is not thin enough to coat your pasta. In this case, add more oil or a bit of pasta-cooking water. From Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything Cookbook. Serves 2.

Salt
1/6 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more as needed
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1 small dried red chiles, or to taste, or hot red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
1/2 pound linguine (or spaghetti, or any other pasta)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves (optional)

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Put the oil, garlic, the chiles if you're using them, and a pinch of salt in a small skillet or saucepan over medium-low heat. Let the garlic sizzle a bit, shaking the pan occasionally, just until it turns golden, about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat if the pasta isn't ready.

2. If using fresh pasta, toss in the boiling water and when it just begins to boil again, it's done. Drain it, reserving a bit of the cooking water. Reheat the garlic and oil mixture briefly if necessary. Dress the pasta with the sauce, adding a little more oil or some of the cooking water if it seems dry. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then toss with the parsley if you're using it.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Broccoli Rabe & Potato Pasta

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Broccoli Rabe & Potato Pasta



1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 lbs. Nicola potatoes, cubed
1 bunch broccoli rabe, trimmed
4 cups cooked fusilli pasta
1/2 cup Reggiano cheese, grated

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. You will be using this water for three steps of the preparation. Place the broccoli rabe in the water and blanch for 2 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the pasta and the potatoes to the same water and cook until the pasta is al dente.

In a large pan heat the olive oil, crushed red pepper and garlic. Add the broth and let reduce by half. Add the potatoes, pasta and rabe to the pan and toss for a minute of so. Transfer the pasta to a large serving bowl and sprinkle the
cheese over the top.


Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter



1 package ravioli
4 tbsp. butter
4 sage leaves, chiffonade*
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped fine
Blythdale Grana (optional)

Bring a pot of salted water to boil.

Add ravioli to water and stir. Cook for 5 minutes, and drain.

While the ravioli is cooking, melt butter in a non stick pan. Add the sage when the butter just starts to turn brown. Add sage and cook for a few seconds and then and ravioli and toss off of heat. Be careful not to burn the butter.

Remove ravioli to platter and sprinkle with toasted pecans and/or grated grana cheese

*Chiffonade…sounds fancy but it's easy. Pul the sage leaves from their stems, stack them and roll them up. Then thinly slice them. You’ll have very
thin strands of sage, which helps to release the flavor

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Wild Rocket and Chili Spaghetti

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Wild Rocket and Chili Spaghetti


This is a Jamie Oliver recipe and a great way to use some wild arugula also known as wild rocket. From jamieoliver.com. Serves 4.

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic, peeled and finely sliced
1 dried red chilli, crumbled
4 anchovy fillets in olive oil (or sub a handful of chopped kalamata olives)
3 handfuls of wild rocket arugula
zest and juice of 1 lemon
500g dried spaghetti
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
100g Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat a wide saucepan or frying pan over a medium heat and add the extra virgin olive oil. Add the garlic, chilli and the anchovy fillets and fry gently for a minute or so. Add 2 handfuls of the wild rocket with the lemon zest and juice and then remove from the heat. The rocket will wilt from the heat to mix it well with the garlic, chilli and anchovies.

Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water, according to the packet instructions, and drain. Tip into the saucepan and toss together with the rocket and chilli sauce. Season well with salt and pepper and serve with some of the reserved fresh rocket and the grated Parmesan on top.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Spring Vegetables with Pasta

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Spring Vegetables with Pasta


I love that the summer veggies are really starting to come in force now. Here's one from Bill that you can substitute as much as you please. Use arugula or one of your greens from last week instead of the kale if you like. Sub in beans for the peas. Or eggplant for the peppers or zuc.

3 carrots, peeled and cut into thin strips
1 large zucchini, cut into thin strips
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 yellow or red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 bunch kale, washed trimmed, chopped fine (or baby arugula!)
1 cup sugar snap peas, bias cut, in half
1/4 cup olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp. fresh oregano or basil
1 pound penne rigate
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, split in half
1/2 cup freshly grated Reggiano

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, toss carrots, zucchini, onion and bell pepper with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place vegetables on a baking sheet and roast until carrots are tender and other vegetables begin to brown.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, tender but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. In the last 30 seconds, add sugar snap peas and kale to the water, Drain and rinse briefly with cold water.

Toss the pasta with the vegetable mixtures in a large bowl to combine. Toss with the cherry tomatoes. Drizzle with some more olive oil and fresh herbs. Season the pasta with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve immediately.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

My Favorite Indulgent Pasta:

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My Favorite Indulgent Pasta:


I adapted this from a recipe out of Improvisational Cooking and it needs good quality ingredients. It is by no means low fat, but it's wonderful to eat with a friend or two and a good glass of wine.
Break the yolk of the egg just before eating and stir everything up. It creates a creamy, rich sauce that coats everything beautifully. -elena

Serves 3 to 4

1 lb pasta, preferably penne or farfalle
Carmelized onions and garlic
Roasted bell peppers
Broccoli, chopped stems and florets
Kale, rinsed and chopped
Pancetta or bacon, cooked until crisp but chewy
2 T unsalted butter
1/4 C cream (yes, cream)
Freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
1/4 C hard cheese like parmesan or Bonnieview's Ben Nevis
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
2 to 3 farm fresh eggs

In the meantime, in a medium pan with just a sprinkle of water, cook the chopped kale until just starting to wilt, but still chewy. About 3 minutes. Remove and set aside. Add the broccoli and cook in the same manner, until just green, about 1 minute. Remove and set aside with the kale. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add a generous helping of salt just before adding the pasta. Cook until al dente, about 7 to 10 minutes. In the same pan you used for the vegetables, melt the butter, add the cream and nutmeg and heat over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cheese and carmelized onions, stirring constantly until the cheese is melted and the sauce is thick. Add the roasted peppers, broccoli and kale, heat briefly. In a separate pan, melt butter and fry up 2 to 3 eggs, sunny side up, until the white is set, but the yolk is still runny.

By now, your pasta should be done or really close. Drain and toss with the creamy vegetable sauce. Top with an egg and lay a serving of pancetta or bacon on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Spring Greens and Barley Risotto

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Spring Greens and Barley Risotto


Any quick cooking spring greens will work nicely in this dish. Try a braising green mix, arugula, spinach, etc. Just don't leave it in to cook too long. Serves 4.

2 TB sunflower oil
2 large shallots, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups barley, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp freshly grated black pepper
1 bunch of spring greens, washed, spun dry and chopped
4 oz. grated sharp, hard local cheese, such as Green Mountain Gruyere or Prima Caciotta from Dancing Ewe Farm
2 TB chopped fresh chives
2 TB chopped fresh basil or parsley

Heat oil over medium heat in a 10 frying pan with 2 deep sides. Add shallots and salt; cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes. Do not let shallots begin to brown. Add barley and cook stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add wine and stir until the liquid is absorbed by the barley, about 1-2 minutes. Add the broth, nutmeg and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 1 hr. 15 minutes. Begin checking for doneness after 50 minutes. The liquid should be absorbed, the grains softened and gluteness, yet still have just a bit of chew. Stir in greens, cover until just wilted. Reduce heat to very low. Stir in cheese and herbs. Serve warm.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Pasta with Swiss Chard, Garlic and Tomatoes

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Pasta with Swiss Chard, Garlic and Tomatoes


Serves 2.

1 pound Swiss chard
1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
3 garlic scapes, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sunflower oil
1/2 cup water
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1/2 pound fusilli
1/4 cup freshly grated hard, sharp cheese, such as Crawford Family Farms Picante

Separate the leaves of the swiss chard from the stems and chop. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the scapes and red pepper, saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the stems and 1/4 cup of the water, and cook the mixture, covered, for 2 minutes. Add the leaves with the remaining 1/4 cup water and salt and pepper to taste and cook the mixture, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and cook the mixture, covered, for 3 minutes, or until the leaves are tender.

While the chard is cooking, in a kettle of salted boiling water boil the fusilli until it is al dente and drain it in a colander. In a large bowl toss the pasta with the chard mixture and the grated cheese. Garnish with additional grated cheese, if desired.

Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mediterranean Orzo

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Mediterranean Orzo


The combination of feta, lamb and tomato is classic. If you are not a lamb-eater, try throwing in some mushrooms, kalamata olives and pine nuts instead. Serves 4.

1 lb. ground lamb, crumbled, or good lamb sausage sliced into half-rounds
2 TB olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 head broccoli or cauliflower separated into small florets
salt and pepper
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 TB chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried
1 large tomato chopped
3/4 lb orzo
6 oz feta cheese crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. Cook lamb in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Reserve the cooked lamb and drain the skillet. Heat the oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, saute for one minute, then add garlic. Saute onion for another minute or two, then add the broccoli or cauliflower, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add the chicken stock and oregano. Bring to simmer, reduce heat and simmer covered for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, add the orzo to the pot of boiling water and cook according to packaged directions. Add the cooked lamb and chopped tomato to the skillet and simmer one more minute. Drain the orzo reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the orzo with the lamb and vegetables, adding reserved pasta water if necessary. Toss in the feta. Serve warm.

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