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Pasta! Pasta!

March 10, 2008


I have an odd love & hate relationship with pasta. I love the whole idea of pasta – big pasta dinners, glasses of red wine on the table, bruschetta or garlic bread, maybe a simple salad, and some Dean Martin in the background. Sounds terrific! But, I just have one tiny problem – I am incapable of making a good pasta sauce. It seems so simple; throw in some olive oil, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and maybe a raw egg in piping hot – just off the stove ‘el dente’ pasta – and Bob’s your uncle!  Now, as an avid reader of most things food, I am aware that there seem to be two camps in the world of pasta sauce: 1) the bare bones camp and, 2) the ‘can’t get enough’ camp. I seem to have missed the boat to both of these camps. I have tried full on sauce, lots of meat, no meat, lots of veggies, no veggies, you name it. No matter what, total sauce failure. The camps are closed – I apparently did not get the season pass. Instead, some pictures.



fresh mushrooms from the co-op.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Neil permalink
    March 13, 2008 3:16 AM

    The only sauce I can prepare is just a basic Bolognese. I’m trying to learn how to make white sauces, but that’s still in the experimental phase =) As a variation though, one of my best friends uses cherry tomatoes .. baked in the oven. Just sprinkle them with some olive oil and add spices if you like, and then just bake them in the oven until they kinda melt and get this darkish skin. Put them on top of freshly cooked pasta and add leafs of rucola =)

  2. March 15, 2008 3:02 AM

    Those are some pretty pasta ribbons- how about just olive oil, garlic and grated cheese….or sauteed spinach, shallots and a dash of cream…crunbled blue cheese and cream…chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes and olive oil…

  3. March 18, 2008 1:35 PM

    I haven’t tried blue cheese and cream yet – that sounds wonderful!

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