Friday, October 30, 2009

Impromptu pasta

This hearty pasta is perfect for all seasons, and is a snap to throw together. We call it Florence Pasta because we cooked several variations of it in Florence a few years ago on a trip -- we'd hit the San Lorenzo market and pick up everything we needed, from vegetables to fresh cheeses and sausage, then head to our rented apartment and toss it together. There's really no recipe for this pasta -- it's really just a list of food groups. Pasta, protein, vegetables, cheese. Try it with whatever you have on hand, and I promise it will be delicious.

Some ideas:
  • Penne pasta, chicken, sun-dried tomatoes (if your garden fails you like I do and you have no fresh ones, and certainly not enough to make your own sun-dried tomatoes), mozzarella, spinach, Parmesan (pictured)
  • Bowties, Italian sausage, eggplant, red bell pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, asiago cheese
  • Orrechiette, prosciutto or pancetta (or plain ol' bacon), kale, pecorino


  1. mmmmmm that looks SO GOOD. I think it's the cheese that puts it over the top!

  2. the cheese is definitely a necessary ingredient! i forgot to add you can easily make this vegetarian and use cannellini beans instead of any of the meat (or just loads of veggies -- roasted eggplant would be spectacular).


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