Monday, July 26, 2010

Dinner Monday, How to Eat Supper

Lynn Casper's book How to Eat Supper is amazing.  We haven't found anything in there that we don't love.  It has one of our favorite pasta dishes.  Here's the plan:

1) Take 5 of the tomatoes that you've been hording for 2 weeks of CSA share, slice the tops off, core them and grate them into a bowl.

2) Chop up the whole head of garlic that you got last week and slice up a sweet onion.

3) Pick some of the basil that Kate has been growing in a planter in the yard and chop it up along with a bunch of parsley.  Finally, round up 1T (large) of tomato paste, 1/2 c of leftover wine, 2t of cinnamon, 1.5t oregano, 1t of hot pepper flakes or a dried good flavored pepper that you've ground up and 1lb of round pasta (say ziti).  Oh, right, and the leftover ricotta salata and some other cheese so that it's about 1-1.5 c.

Boil the pasta for 8 minutes (al dente according to the box) and rinse it in cold water when it's done. 

Film a 12inch saute pan with oil and when it's warm throw in the onion, parsley, lots of salt and pepper.  Saute the onion until it's a nice brown.  Then add the tomato paste, garlic, oregano, pepper, and cinnamon.  Cook for 1 min, then the wine, cook for 1 min.

Toss in the tomatoes and let it all cook for 8 minutes then mix in the pasta, cheez and basil.  Then eat like a pig-hog!

If you feel compelled to add some meat (chicken or lamb according to the text) do so after you've added the tomatoes, close the lid and let it hang out until it's cooked.  If you need more liquid add a bit of the pasta water, it's a great starchy liquid that helps sauces sooooo much.

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