Just mention pasta and visions of Italy immediately spring to mind :) Joanna next destination will be Italy ( she is touring Europe now....wow...imagine all the authentic pasta she will get to taste from there with lots of cheese on them...mmmm I need to brush up my skill in cooking pasta or else she will start to compare :(
Pasta comes in many different form and shapes. Dried pasta are easily valiable in the market while the fresh ones are only available in restaurants . They are made from durum wheat flour , water, salt and sometimes egg. Some shapes are especially suited to a particular sauce. They are so versatile, you can pair them off with different sauces and they will still blend well :)) Some basic sauces for pasta are listed below.
Tomato and olive sauce
Garlic sauce with Parsley
For me, I love the tomato and olive sauce and garlic sauce with parsley . I would normally use fresh tomato, garlic, fresh italian parsley and ground black pepper for my pasta. For additional flavor I add in some streaky bacons and mmmmm.. the burst of flavor is so very good that it has always been the favourite ingredients in my preparation of this dish. Infact it is so versatile that you can add in any ingredients you like. I use them in my salad too :) The next thing I would want to try out is to make my own fresh pasta...lol my wish before the year ends :)) But for the time being, dried pasta will do , for now tricolore fusilli made from durum wheat semolina , tomato powder and spinach powder is healthy enough for us :) and I cooked them the fast and simple way... Aglio e Olio is a traditonal italian pasta dish that can be made cheaply without seasonal or store-bought ingredients, said to originate tradionally from the region of Abruzzo, usually served with spaghetti. The sauce is made by lightly sauteeing minced or pressed garlic in olive oil , sometimes with the additon of dried red chilli flakes. Finely chopped parsley can be added as a garnish. For me, I would add in fresh tomatos and instead of chilli flakes , I substitute with ground black pepper....what a delicious fast and easy to make pasta dish. You can whip this up in less than 25 minutes !
this is consider a fast pasta...save time and yet it is delicious :)
the streaky bacon makes this more flavorful
Joshua loves this ...I made some chicken burgers for him so that
he gets more meat protein to help out his muscles building workout.
He wants lots of chicken breast :p
this is of course my portion......Josh eats more than this of course :p
he told me not to show his portion ...the poor chap is SHY :p
Click here for the recipe
Have a nice day !
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